not on autopilot

Mini chick Nikki Curwen went solo racing. Really solo.

nikkiOn Saturday 3rd May, 5 Mini’s set off from the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble in what was my first race of the year and first race in my new Mini. With a mix of both Solo and Double handed entries, as well as Series and Proto we were divided into 3 classes. With 3 Series boat opting to sail double handed, then two of us sailing Solo, one Series, and one Proto (me).

I’d been homebound the week previous with a nasty throat infection, but dosed up on Penicillin I was able to prepare for the race. I’d created a road book (bible) with everything I needed to know during the race – with screenshots of charts, for all the important sections, waypoints, tides and weather data. Opting to eat fresh food for the race, I had separated and vacuum sealed portions of tortellini and gnocci, and rationed up my snacks and fruit. As the race neared I was feeling much better and my energy returning – pheew!

Race morning came and we got towed out to the start off Royal Thames. We headed out West through the Needles and then south across the Channel, round the corner and down to finish in La Trinite-sur-Mer, a course of 310 miles. Read on.