Bigger, better wardrobe
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Bigger, better wardrobe

The first race of the campaign is a week away and the making of a Code Zero to add to the sail wardrobe is nearly complete. You just can’t make sails without true craftsmen…

Crew Bonding
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Crew Bonding

So, the Fastnet 2017 crew assembled for the first time the other weekend and how blessed we were with the weather. Really couldn’t have asked for better. Not only did we have a good breeze on day one to practice tacking up the Solent but we also had perfect conditions for Spinnaker training on the…

Ever wanted to experience the start of a yacht race without actually being there?
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Ever wanted to experience the start of a yacht race without actually being there?

The technology is here, is the capability from the middle of the Solent with 1,600 other boats? We’ll find out this Saturday. We are going to try and stream the start (and possibly the finish) of the JPMorgan Asset Management, Round the Island race. What could possibly go wrong? Apart from mobile signal, weather, the…

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Broken pole and holes…

Our first race of the season, The Cervantes Trophy race taking us from Cowes to Le Havre, approximately 135m was definitely an eye opener for the crew. For half, this was a first; long distance non-stop through the night passage. For all; doing it under racing conditions was a first. And fabulously handled by everyone…

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Cervantes Trophy fast approaching

Less than two weeks to go until the start of the Cervantes Trophy race. Starting from Cowes at 1000hrs straight across to Le Havre, the 120mile race is the first training race for the Fastnet crew. The campaign slowly builds from this 120mile race followed two weeks later by the Myth of Malham Race essentially doubling…

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The campaign has started….

The Fastnet 2015 campaign has officially started! Budding crew assembled for the ISAF / RYA Offshore safety training last weekend and were duly thrown straight into a swimming pool! The two day course covers a range of topics all focused on remaining safe at sea and, in the event of disaster, how to survive in…

Cruising | Uncategorized | Yacht Racing

Modern art?

Doesn’t matter how you wrap it up, telling your better half that the rudder needs to live in the dining room for a couple of weeks doesn’t go down well! I’ve read a few articles about rudder bearings over the last few months as the bearings on Polka were decidedly wobbly. There was a least…

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Fastnet entry secured (and that’s no mean feat)….

Entry to the Fastnet race is sold out with a record number signing up. 300 registrations were received in the first 24 minutes matching the number received in 24hrs for the 2013 race. RORC members were given priority so paying membership fees really does have a benefit! Having secured entry to the race I’m now…

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Christmas over. Skiing over. New Year over. What next?

So we did Christmas in the Alps this year. Boat came out of the water on the 18th December and we departed on the 19th. If you can’t sail, ski! What next? We’ll it’s 2015 (Happy New Year everyone!) and apart from the Rugby World Cup there’s also the small matter of the 90th anniversary…

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Ever wondered what to do with the kids when you want to go to the pub?

Favourable weather led to an impromptu weekend trip to Lymington. Kids packed (including more electronic entertainment devices than an Apple Store) and down to Hamble for a lunch time departure. Not exactly the windiest day, but the tide carried us most of the way. Town Quay was pretty busy but we squeezed in and headed…