South West Commodores Cup
Great result and a fabulous days sailing at Royal Dart Yacht Club, Dartmouth. I was part of a team of 3 boats - a Mumm 36, Corby 25 and J109 - which won the South West Commodores Cup.
The racing format was pretty challenging as we had to work as a team and not just concentrate on our own results. The sun was out with a 10-15kt sea breeze and slight sea state. The racing consisted of two windward-leeward courses followed by a coastal race.
Race one started off with a steady 8 knots from the south and a very biased pin end of the line. This made starting in a fleet of 27 yachts very difficult, however with a bit of luck all three of our boats got off the line in good shape. This was then followed by a big right hand shift that left us with a procession right until the finish. The second race, also a windward leeward, was pretty challenging. We started in a building sea breeze which meant that you had to go looking for more pressure in the areas of more tide, not easy!! Finally, the last race of the one day regatta was an interesting coastal course. This created its own challenges with many sail changes and navigation and tidal planning, completely different to what we had faced earlier on in the day. This short days racing meant we had to be on top form, but we managed to bring home the cup to Plymouth.