It was pretty much as stressful as it gets but taking the gun in Lisbon was a great moment. Watching our massive lead evaporate over the last few days was painful but we knew it would happen and to win by just six minutes was fantastic and perhaps we finally got our share of good luck.
A lot of people might think that the light airs racing is easy but it is actually very demanding both mentally and physically, moving the ballast fore and aft on every change in the breeze is hard graft and staying in trim in shifting breeze requires maximum concentration. People may think beating up wind is the hardest part but it isn’t. Light shifty conditions are far more demanding.
After the in port race in Lisbon, it looks like a blast out into the Atlantic but we expect an area of high pressure to compress the fleet around the Azores so a restart in light downwind conditions is likely later on.
However, there is talk about putting in a virtual waypoint and not going around the Azores at all. So I guess, we will just have to wait and see what the organisers decide upon.
Also well done to our MCM, Nick Dana for scooping the media ward for the last leg. Nick does a tough job with a big smile on his face and it is nice to see him get some recognition, he is most definitely a big part of the team.
P.S. Finally bought a Moth in Miami, why oh why didn’t I do it years ago! Now I have definitely seen the light! Moth Worlds in August on Lake Garda is a definite fixture!
All the best,