North Sea Race or cruising in the Med?
Having spent a most enjoyable day in between races with the traditional lunch at the Butt and Oyster including the relaxing walk along the river Orwell, the crew was ready to go racing again. A slight mishap with the genoa sheets getting tangled with the kotter sail on deck meant we lost a few minutes on the starting line and perhaps more importantly we went across on starbord rather than portside. Tacking to the upwind mark tested the crew skills and gave us valuable insights in close quarter sailing. Once round the upwind mark it was the navigation team that managed to get us in the right positions each time by judging the tides and wind angles perfectly. It was not until we were heading true north before we could set the spinaker. We were in a fierce battle with the 71ft Clipper Catzero for position, unfortunately they beat us to the mark by a mile and in the end they beat us to the finishline by a couple of miles. Great conditions, sunshine and even accompanied by several dolphins for an hour or so made us almost believe it was a pleasure cruise in the med rather than the North Sea Race. This week proved to be an incredably experience for the crew which will undoubtedly be needed come August when we will participate in the Fastnet.