After last years Alderney Jog there was some trepidation amongst the team. A 26 hour passage in light airs, thick fog, kedging mid channel and only 3 hours in port with nearly no dinner. I didn’t see what their problem was !!!
This year certainly made up for it. Sunshine, good wind and a flying start plus the restaurant was booked.
spinnaker run east to the forts had us south of the other Sigma’s and changing
places with Longue Pierre. We lost out slightly to a tanker
coming up from astern deciding he needed our bit of deep water and good tide. South
was to go down the rhumb line from here letting the
west going tide take us a little north on the final leg. I did not want to be
At dawn there was a good number of the fleet around us and with the wind holding we were going to make it in record time with the tide still under us. As the blue hulled boat just aft off the port beam about half a mile off lifted on a wave we had a glimpse of a yellow water line. Persephone, it was a race on to the finish. They seemed to have spotted us by the number of legs over the side so it was all hands on deck, bend on Steve the racing helm and slowly drop down ahead of her.
We finished one minute ahead of Persephone fantastic, after 11 hours racing. Fantastic until the hunt for a buoy revealed Dragonfly all fast with the kettle on. Only 11 minutes in it though, we really are enjoying racing this boat and finding how well matched they are.
Thanks to all in the association who have been so generous in sharing their knowledge and helping us to get Monet up to speed.
The team enjoyed Alderney so much this time I had to postpone the 2300 departure to 0300 when at least some could be considered fit for sea.