Although day 15 for the team Act 6 Roses was my day 1. After a hefty drive seeing as move out of France and into Spain (a concept which I have always found strange for an event that titles its self the Tour of France, but I guess that not sticking the rules is the French way), it was a quick learning curve for
me the new comer to the tour. Firstly there was getting to grips with how the event operates, navigating the strict rules surrounding delivering your boat to the appropriate area, to then be moved (when told) to the paddock (a term I automatically associate with horses, not boats) where if you are lucky you may commence the rigging of the boat. Once I had got my head around this autocratic way of operating, I was some what useless at rigging the boat, not as a result of my own incompetence but as a result of the learning the team has done through out the tour so far; tighter tramps with a systematic way of tightening, bits of extra string here, extra fittings there. Although slightly lost it was great to see how much the team had learnt and developed since the start of this adventure, even if the efficiency of the process still needed some work as we were the last to leave the paddock (something I was later informed is usual practice for Team Maverick SSR).
Race day in Roses saw me straight into plugging in the marks for the Navigation, a roll that always comes with a slight stress, as errors are somewhat frowned upon as you do need to go the correct way to be in with a shout of just getting a result. The course was set and we were set for a good days yachting. We collected our VIP a vibrant lady who was in for the time of life, in the exhilarating conditions the bay of Roses had laid on… 2-4knts flat calm. So needless to say the VIP race was a none event, a drift of to the first mark all of 200 meters away, which we achieved in a record time of about 40 minutes.
As luck would have or maybe not if you are the VIP, as soon as our delightful lady had been escorted off the boat, the breeze filled in and we were on for our race. After a relatively easy start, we were on for a good result, until the pile up happened… The issue with allowing port boats to have room at the windward mark is there is always a bit of bumper boats to be had, which then has a knock on effect of more bumper boats as everyone attempts to avoid the first pile up, needless to say we ended up head to wind and parked in an attempt to avoid a port boat who had decided they needed enough water to park there boat, team van, trailer and support rib to round the mark. This little stopped cause the boat behind us to smash into our rudder and knock the camera off the back of the boat.
The next part of the race was hindered by our injured rudder, which meant we had to stop every 10 mins to stop it from skimming along the surface and force it back into its downward facing sailing position. Although the scenery was somewhat dramatic, the rest of our race was not, with constant rudder problems and a decreasing breeze we hobbled through the finish line and back to base.