Currently based in the Mediterranean, where there may be some events later in the year, but have a look at some of our past events and get in contact for future opportunities: we will be back with a bang in 2021.
@TEAMTIGRESS TAKE ON CARIBBEAN, UK AND MEDITERRANEAN OFFSHORE AND INSHORE EVENTS: TEAMS OF MIXED ABILITIES BATTLE A RANGE OF CONDITIONS FOR SOME EXCITING RESULTS
Lots of Social media on the wires about this years Rolex Middle Sea Race. Prize giving is now and we are watching Elusive collect the overall RMSR Trophy!!
Olympia’s Tigress finished on Friday morning at around 5am and it made it for me (Glenny) the longest duration 600 mile race I’ve taken part in. This race didn’t fail to deliver in its anguish with the last 36hrs offering, Gales, lightening, two fairly serious injuries down below, crew sickness, full storm sail set up and an unknown top windspeed all at a 30deg true wind angle beating into a 4meter sea.
This was all a far cry from the 250 miles in sub 5 knots of breeze that we saw over the first 3 days which was sometimes 1-3knts of wind which required huge endurance and concentration to get 8 tonnes of Olympia to not stop!
The Messina straight was the first turning point for us, we got the wind right and stayed in breeze “just” and picked off a few boats there.
After this we tactically worked our way along the north coast of Sicily and on the third night this was another turning point. I saw a faint land breeze inshore and we managed get into it and pick off 8 or so boats and leave them standing. This was the motivation we all needed and spruced us all with a new burst of energy.
From here we entered the new wind at Favignana and things changed quickly! Olympia hit her conditions and suddenly we were picking off all the 6 tonne boats as we hit our groove. I knew things were going to get tough though knowing that at Panteleria we would have to turn another 20degrees to windward into the gale and the big sea.
At Panteleria we turned fully to windward and entered the night of Armageddon. I will never forget this night. I only can write bullets here:
0600 after gale having 2 of 12 crew functioning and making the decision to go on and not head straight to Malta with 2 injuries and an illness.
Having 10 seconds to get the main down in 35plus knots having best into 30 degree TWA smashing it doing 8knts SOG .
I have always been able to draw strength at sea in difficult times at night from the expression “The sun will rise”, at 0600 when we were bobbing around with 3 functional crew, 2 with fairly serious injuries and our storm sails up I never wanted to see this moment more than this, it was the latest sunrise and at moments it didn’t seem like it would ever come up!
When the sun came up I had visual hallucinatory experience from exhaustion, I saw “Rolex” written in sea foam in the water! (Rolex you should consider the sea foam branding as a marketing idea, it looked great)
My arm muscles and back muscles are like coconuts after driving successively for hours.
We finished 8th of 18 in class!! We brought everyone home.
What I will never forget is the fearless belief that my two trainees Bella Chedham Cooper and Harriet Askew had in me and the fearless Richard Draper one of our crew.
That happened and that is all!
We took the boat round Biscay over to St Tropez Les Voilles: A cracking week with some good racing, excellent company and even better rosé! Join us in 2020 for a sunny week in St Tropez…..