In at the deep end

Madforsailing spoke to Amer Sports Too's new chartmeistress, Miranda Merron
After a couple of relatively quiet years, as part of the Pindar team with Emma Richards and most recently with her own French sponsorship Miranda Merron is now one of the busiest people in yachting. She was in London recently for the launch of Tracy Edwards' Maiden II project and is down as part of that team. She has Un Univers de Services, her French sponsor, with whom she is in the process of negotiating a deal that will include her taking part in the 2004 Vendee Globe on board a new second hand Open 60 - if she can find one available. In the meantime there is the small matter of her taking the hot seat as navigator on board Lisa McDonald's Amer Sports Tooin the Volvo Ocean Race. Merron only joined McDonald's team in Auckland. It was both her first major role as navigator - although this is part of the job spec of a singlehanded offshore sailor - the first occasion she has spent any time racing a Volvo Ocean 60 and her first for some time sailing as part of a big crew. Quite a daunting prospect... "I haven't sailed with a big team for a number of years now, but it's nice to be back with a big team," Merron told madforsailing. "They're a really good bunch of girls and they work very hard and they've been very welcoming. But the responsibility of taking decisions for that number of people is a bit daunting." Alone making such calls would be a huge responsibility. Any errors would cost miles on the fleet, would cause the crew to lose confidence in her, not to mention the Amer and Nautor sponsors, general public and the horrid yachting press. Fortunately Merron works closely with Lisa McDonald and it became a