My trip to Holland in the Boyes sponsored North Sea Race 2011 by Les Green
Although Alan Mills and I have sailed together for over 30 years all of our experience has been in dinghies. Only this year have we started crewing for Alan Smith and Steve Martin on their Sigma 33 named ‘Revenge’ out of Scarborough Yacht Club. So when the idea of sailing across the North Sea was first muted we jumped at the chance even though we had no real idea of what to expect. The sum total of our sea sailing at that time being half a dozen weekend races in Scarborough bay, a night race to Hartlepool that had to be aborted due to no wind and a coastal race to Whitby which also developed into light airs.
By Dave Flett
About this time last year my friend and sailing chum Wave Crookes (yes that is his real name) asked me if I was interested in entering the Round Britain and Ireland Two Handed Yacht Race. I thought about it for all of 1 minute and immediately agreed. We are both similar characters who relish a challenge and this event is widely known as one of the most testing events in the world of offshore yacht racing. The race was due to start at 12.00 on the 6 June from the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth and so we set about planning the trip and fund raising for our two nominated charities, “Toe in the Water” and the “RNLI”.
by Thomas Hill
It started with a text message: “Hi. Can you be free next week to do the Monaco Classic Week Regatta with Griff Rhys Jones?” I thought about it for a minute, maybe less, and replied that the Monaco Classic Week Regatta sounded very nice and I’m sure whatever important activities I had the following week could probably wait. Now I started to worry whether I was good enough. Surely guys who race classic boats are semi-professional? Will I cut the mustard?!?