Racing, Friendship and the Weather
Developing our Sailing Competancies
We came to sailing late in life, looking for a break from the City based life style that adsorbed and restricted our time. We didn't plan for it to take us in a new direction. It just happened that way. Our interest was 'seasoned' following a weekend Sunsail trip out of Port Solent. The weather, company and instruction was perfect culminating in an RYA Competent Crew qualification and an appetite for more. A month later we had signed up for our Day Skipper course, booked charter sailing holidays abroad and identified a Sailing School that would rapidly advance our sailing skills.
Over the following 5 or 6 years we campaigned with a bunch of similar minded folk competing in Hamble based Winter and Spring race series, UK and Mediterranean summer regatta's and some memorable RORC races.
The 2007 Fastnet completed our seamanship training. We campaigned on a Pronavia 38 cruiser-racer yacht. Every qualifying race was a test of personal stamina, collaboration and sailing on the 'edge' of acceptable weather. This culminated in a second in class finish, one of only 49 boats to complete the race that year.