Opening Up the Forward cabin. Thanks to the help of Vortec Marine we completed an improvement to the usable space in the forward bow cabin, removing one of the four toilets on the boat and adding a shower seat that is an added dry seating area for those using this cabin. As an added bonus, we can now use the forward deck hatch to launch the spinnaker during the club racing that the owner loves to participate in, saving all the time dragging it up from the lazarette. All Varni
2017 and back to a new team on the J70's but with the same boat that I started this class with! The new owner wanted to bring the team on so brought me in as main trimmer and tactician with the view of a multi season campaign. Even though we had good steady improvements over the season, life just gets in the way and due to business commitments the owner had to sell after this first season!!
2016 saw the start of a new class on the solent scene, the HP30's following on from the success of the Fast40 class this is high performance sailing in 30 foot boats. I joined the new team on an old Melges 32 and even though she was an old design, when we got it right, we were ahead of the newer boats in the class. Above you see me on the back of the Melges after rounding the top mark and bearing awa to avoid the Mumm 30 that had just fallen over in front of us! Sad to say th
Second outing with the Modern 8mR and this time in home waters at Cowes Week. A great week for more boat tuning and looking at some of the changes that we made to the systems on the boat to see if they worked and improved our performance.
This summer I had the privilege to be asked to crew on one of the newest 8 metre in the world at the time, in fact we were still putting the finishing touches to her on the dock in La Trinite, France. Even though we were still very much learning the boat we still had a great regatta coming joint 3rd.