The 2016 Season is just about over...
Since returning to the UK in May Sam has been busy racing, cruising and on training courses.
Arriving back in Hamble on Thursday 19 May I had a bit over a week to get Sam ready for the National Championships which was 3 days of racing over the end of May bank holiday weekend. Excellent racing and we had a great tussle with Machismo for 2nd place, which we achieved by just 1 point.
Our next racing event was the Round the Island Race on Sat 2 July. As usual we had a training day on the Friday to get us properly ready for the race. This year we had the luxury of not starting until after 9.00 in the morning (in previous years we have often started at 6-something!). And it was jolly windy this time round; we saw wind around 30+ knots and someone reported a gust of over 50knots. Over 900 boats successfully completed the course, including us on Sam. We managed 9th in Class 2D out of 28 starters and narrowly failed to defend the Sailing School Trophy, coming 2nd.
At the end of July we went west to Yarmouth for the Taittinger Regatta. A light wind affair this time - we were 2nd in the Sigma 38 class after winning the final race.
Next was Cowes Week; pleasant and sunny for most of it this year and we were a steady 2nd being beaten by 'With Alacrity' which was as usual very well sailed.
Cowes was followed by our 'Cruise with Instruction'. We had a fun cruise visiting Cherbourg, Weymouth (where Weymouth Carnival was in full swing, including a display by the Red Arrows), and Poole.
Sam has also been doing school work with RYA Courses and weekend courses for London Corinthian S.C.
With the season now over and the nights drawing in - it's time to head South once more. I am planning to leave on about 25-26 October to return to our winter haunt in Antigua.
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Sam Cowes Race Winner