Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Hello Sailor

After a gap of some thirty plus years I took to the water again taking part in the IBM Business Partners Regatta as the guest of one of the teams. Organised by Sunsail  we raced in Sun Fast 37's.

A professional skipper is provided and there is a motley crew of six amateurs who are whipped into shape by the skipper in a mornings training session  and we then take part in three races over a two day period. It was great fun although as I type this I ache in muscles that I never previously knew existed.

Skipper Pip Hare - you would have thought she would read the manual before the race!
We finished 7 overall (out of 34 boats) and we finished in 7, 7 and 9 in the three races. We, the crew that is, were pleased with our result although Pip Hare would have liked to have won - she is a competitive young lady; having just won a round Britain and Ireland yacht race - click here for interview .
It was a great couple of days and we had a formal dinner on the Monday evening in Cowes which was very enjoyable although I was shattered after the days sailing - getting old! At least I didn't do a Lord Lucan as one member of the crew did - the youngest at that! It must have been something he ate, nothing to do with alcohol at all..............!
 A most unlikely looking sailor!
And in the evening!

A massive thank you to RecartaIT who were the business partner whose boat I was on. Haven't had so much fun in ages.