A Wild Ride On An F-25C
Dave Thomas sailing his F-25C WILDTHING very hard in the 135 mile Antipolis race
in the Mediterranean
Ian, here in the Med the Farrier fleet just completed a couple of interesting races.
On the return we again managed to take line honours in very light upwind conditions..... beating a number 45-50 ft monos and would you believe it Red Pearl. As you can imagine the results were viewed by all as being comparable to the David and Goliath scenario !!!
Earlier in the morning at 6 a.m. we had the attached photographs taken of the boat beating into waves further down the coastline. The waves at the time were approx 4 meters and the wind speed approx 25 knots.... believe it or not at the time we were fully in control of the boat.
Note that the sailing depicted in the above pictures is racing on the edge, and not something to be taken lightly. It is the same as taking a race car right to the limit, where the risk of a 'crash and burn' is much higher. Such sailing should only be attempted with a skilled racing crew on board, as in this case, along with the correct safety gear in place.
Fortunately the weather is usually more mild in the Mediterranean, and the below photo was taken at the start of the return journey from Calvi, Corsica to Antibes. The backdrop is the Citadel, which is a fortified town built by Napoleon.
Dave writes again:
During the 93 mile return journey we had very light winds on the nose for about 95% of the time. It took us 24 hours of focused sailing to cross the line first. Only 8 out of 127 boats managed to complete the return journey without assistance. The others that completed the course were all upwind specialist mono hulls ranging from 40 to 76 ft.