Tuesday, May 04, 2010
The conditions were stunning on Saturday providing the perfect way to get the 2010 RORC Series underway. With a kite start heading East out of the Solent, Visit Malta Puma put in a solid performance to be in the lead pack as the fleet headed out into the English Channel.
The wind died with a big shift about 35 miles from the finish line. At the time Visit Malta Puma had been drag racing across the Channel at 8 knots. Instead of a fast reach to the finish, as forecasted, the fleet was faced with a tactical conundrum!
Whilst Richard, the navigator, scratched his head and analysed the situation, the rest of the team were hard at work keeping the boat moving, trying to match the boat speed to wind speed in between 3 and 5 knots of wind. Richard suggested a tack just before the tide turned, which was a race winning call.
After getting three miles of vital Westing in Visit Malta Puma tacked on every shift to keep the boat going in the best direction possible as fa
st as possible. Eventually the final mark was rounded followed by a one-tack beat to the finish in a building breeze.
Skipper Philippe commented upon finishing ‘it felt good as we crossed the line, we were ahead of some really good boats including our old adversary from last season, the Commodore of RORC in his new boat. As the other main contenders called in to say they were approaching the finish we knew we had a good result. However, we were not expecting to be told that we had won overall when we arrived at the Le Havre Yacht Club. That was an amazing feeling.’
It is now two RORC races overall in a row that Visit Malta Puma have won. What a great start to the season following on from where they left off!