As Ciao Bella was poorly I had to catch the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth on the Friday evening. Yarmouth harbour wa full of old gaffers and there town had a carnival atmosphere, to be honest I was glad to see Liam waiting for me as there was far too much testosterone and alcohol being mixed... it was only going to end badly :)
|John and Liam (Owner)|
We were in the ISCRS Division 8D and our start time was 0640BST. I can only assume that 8D signifies a laughing face at all skippers and crew in this division.
|Racing towards Hurst Narrows|
|Beating to Bembridge Ledge|
By now the wind had dropped enough to shake the reefs out but the writing was on the wall, It looked like we were going to have a long race. The next obstacle was Seaview Mermaids. The race instruction were to go round their moorings which is a fair detour. By now the wind was down to 8 - 10 Knots, We had to beat towards Ryde but could quite make our course to avoid the pier so had to tack out wide again. Beating to windward in light winds is not what bilge keelers like to do.
|Beating past Ryde sands|
Anyway, you have to play to your strengths.. 1459 boats competing for 12 Trophies.. The Tenacity cup was always going to be ours ;)