Round the island on Mari-Cha IV

Thedailysail sailed the fastest monohull ride on the planet
Click here to see video from the first part of this race (more follows). NB - this is a 16MB file designed to be played from a broadband connection in Windows Media Player. If this doesn't work for you - let us know . We wrote in suitably awe-struck terms about sailing on board Robert Miller's 140ft state-of-the-art schooner Mari-Cha IV following her launch (see parts 1 and 2 of that report) in September 2003. But yesterday we had a chance to sail the world's largest racing monohull of recent years in anger in the Rolex Race Around the Isle of Wight, the event concluding the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge. Being a schooner, with two rigs of equal height, requires effectively two teams one manning each rig, thus on board for the race were 36 crew. Among the VIPs were Robert Miller's son-in-laws Chris Getty and Prince Pavlos of Greece, Royal Yacht Squadron Commodore Lord Amherst and Vice-Commodore Sir Nigel Southward - all veterans of the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge - plus the latest Pindar girl, transatlantic rower Debra Veal, Brookes & Gatehouse Managing Director Richard Acland and RORC General Manager Peter Wykeham-Martin. Alongside owner Robert Miller and navigator/project manager Jef d'Etiveaud, the core team of the boat included many of Racing Helmsman Mike Sanderson's ABN AMRO Volvo Ocean Race crew such as Brad Jackson, Jan Dekker, Tony Mutter, Mark Christensen and Rob Greenhalgh, while the remainder of the crew comprised many of Brittany's top sailors including three former 60ft trimaran skippers Loick Peyron, Marc Guillemot and Jean Maurel. The deck plan on Mari-Cha IV has effectively three cockpits, the pit furthest forward with four coffee grinders, the middle cockpit where there are a further three grinders located just forward of the twin wheels. Then there is the aft cockpit where the mizzen is handled.