2nd in IRC2 at the Morgan Cup

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.

Thunder II to his pontoon in Hamble River (picture F. Augendre).

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.