Thunder II is a Mills 37, built in 2000 for an English racer who has gleaned success and places of honor as much in crew as in double, and now in the hands of a Russian owner leaving in London, who called on my services as coach and tactician for the Morgan Cup.
The course was initially to cover 160 nautical miles, with a fictitious mark to tack around somewhere in the middle of the channel. But with very light winds due to a huge high pressure, RORC sent us directly from Cowes to Dartmouth, 95 nautical miles away.
In these conditions of evanescent winds and predictions somewhat uncertain, we decided to keep a direct, short and conservative course, close to the rhumbline. And it was the right strategy. Unfortunately we were to miss the finishing line in a no-wind bullet, pushed to the wrong side by heavy tidal stream which forced us to anchor for some minutes. So we lost line honours, but we saved a second place behind Oyster 48 Scarlett Oyster, beating X41 British Soldier by … 15 seconds in corrected time, after 22 hours of race.