Sam is now sailing across the Atlantic, with Peter Hopps attempting his fourth solo crossing. To see their progress and read Peter's blogs click here my.yb.tl/sailsam.
We've had a busy summer on Sam since we returned in June.
Following our Round the Island Race success, our Fastnet Campaign continued with a good Cowes - St.Malo Race, finishing 2nd Sigma 38. Our final qualifying race was the Channel Race on the weekend of 1-2 August -
our best race so far, again 2nd Sigma and 4th in Class 4.
In the meantime we did the Taittinger Regatta run by the Royal Solent YC in Yarmouth where we were 5th in a fun and competitive fleet.
AAM Cowes Week was excellent. A slightly shaky start, including getting caught on a lobster pot on the Saturday, and we were lucky to pull up to 4th that day.
Highlight of the week was the Monday when we had 2 races (for the first time in Cowes Week); we were 2nd in the first (by 1 second) and we won the second.
Some good positions followed and we ended up 2nd overall after a good tussle with Pandanova.
The Rolex Fastnet Race was next. We started in virtually no wind and I think we actually crossed the line going sideways with the tide.
We had a light-wind trip down to Lands End where the wind picked up giving us a fast and enjoyable sail to the rock and back. We finished at around 0300 on the Friday, 4th Sigma; 23rd in Class 4
(71 starters) and 123rd overall (300+).
Next - we're going back to the Caribbean for the winter. See the programme for details on the RORC Caribbean 600; Grenada Sailing Week and more...
Sam Cowes Race Winner