Our Man in St Tropez


Ahoy there!
 

Ahoy there!

Andy Nicholson writes from the comfort of a shady leather sofa in hotel reception
Frightening most people with just how white my legs are, I have for the first time this year brought them out in the sunshine. Sailing on Tony Buckingham’s Mills 40 Ngoni we are competing in IRCB at the Voiles de St Tropez. Not having done this regatta before it has been fantastic to sail in a new area and to also brush up on my meagre Superyacht knowledge. There are about 45 boats in our class ranging from a Halberg Rassey 60 to Swan 45s. So far we are in the hunt with a 1,2,11 – the race on Wednesday featuring one of the most impressive sea-breeze shut downs ever witnessed. We crossed the finish line with the spinnaker up while two boat lengths ahead and to leeward another yacht was hard on the wind on starboard tack in 12 knots. This cost us dear and our main rivals – the Swan 42 Cuordileone of Leonardo Ferragamo did well to sniggle away just in time before the crap shoot came in big to take third to lead the class. We are tied up next to Cuordileone in Cogolin boatyard and they are a nice bunch. I think this is because we take our shoes off in the morning to cross their deck, thereby avoiding unnecessary additional chamiox-ing of dirty footprints. Good etiquette has allowed us to set a good tone with our friendly neighbours. The Swan 42s are doing pretty well in the light airs we have had so far had (It did build to 17 knots yesterday but only for an hour or so). With their bow sprit Cuordileone has been flying an IRC code 0 spinnaker and this has worked really nicely for them in a couple of races. That and sailing very well. Nick Partridge, our spinnaker trimmer The race we won

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