The Corsica Classic Regatta was overall a great success for Dorade. Logistically we could make major improvements but on the water we won all but one of the races, took the overall title and were the only boat to make it to the first port of call when racing was canned due to high winds. From my point of view it was fantastic to see Dorade sailing again after some major boat yard time and in the variety of conditions we experienced nothing pinged off and the boat performed well.
So now we have a little over two weeks until the Regattes Royales in Cannes. Stiffer competition, larger fleets and some stunning boats to challenge us in our beauty contest. We also have a refreshed jobs list. Tweaking, refining, altering, adding bits, taking away bits and so on. It’s not that we go out and trash the boat every regatta but in our quest to be the best there is rarely any rest time for boat or crew.
That being said, I have been given a week off which I am truly grateful for after a non stop period of hard work. So I am leaving the boat in the capable hands of Tim and Nick. Armed with personal jobs lists and “call me any time” instructions, I feel like an anxious parent waving their child goodbye for the first time. What could possibly go wrong….right???
I have no doubt that when I return to Port Grimaud, Dorade will be looking fabulous and be even better than she is right now. Let’s hope that Cannes is as big a success as the Corsica Classic Regatta was.