Heading into the summer after an interesting spring in which I got back into my Star boat, raced on a 212' super yacht and spent some time with Alvimedica preparing for the upcoming Volvo. Pretty diversified sailing! I really like being in touch with all aspects of our sport.
The Star is fun and therapeutic for me. It is where my roots in sailing are. The strict one design really points out your weaknesses and forces you to be sharp. I raced in 4 regattas this spring in Miami, enjoying the camaraderie of long time friends and competitors and managing to win two events. I plan on racing again this coming winter.
I raced as tactician on the super yacht, Hetairos a few months ago. Super yacht Racing is a whole other world...36 yachts all over 110 feet on the same race course. Hetairos is impressive from every standpoint, size, construction, and performance. At 240 tons, she is "light", at 212' of length she is the longest, and with 50,000 square feet of sail she is powerful. She is built of carbon and titanium. Kudos to the owner for building such a high tech yacht that is "classic" in appearance.
The Volvo is just around the corner, starting in November. Do I miss it? A bit. Do I miss it enough to go around the planet again, I don't think so. Sailing on Alvimedica for four day was great though. Cool to see the performance of the new class, the VOR 65, and a reminder of how tough you have to be to do that race. The boats go 30 knots very easily, and with eight crew, everyone will be busy.
I will be sailing in Palma in August on Robertissima, the IRC 72. We raced in the Rolex Capri Race Week in May and won. We will be up against stiff competition in Spain with seven nearly identical boats line up for the Copa del Rey.
I am nowhere as busy as I was during the past four years, but I am enjoying this slower paceâ€¦for now.
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