DSUK's RIB trip at start of Le Tournoi Sailing Challenge September 2006
RIB trip at the starting line of Le Tournoi
Sailing Challenge off Portsmouth
The DSUK's RIB crew skippered by Charlotte New left the GunWharf
Quays at Portsmouth on 20th September 2006 to race towards the starting
line some five miles off the coast. There, some fifteen competing yachts
were warming up by sailing around the area just before the starting line,
and we were able to photograph most of these yachts at a very close range.
Surprisingly, we were the only one RIB crew at the starting line
Mike Aston, Joe Healy, Stuart Rogers and Andrew Taylor were present in the crew.
About fifteen minutes before the starting gun was due to go off at 11' o
clock, there was no sign of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)
yacht. We realised that there was something wrong, and so we raced back
to search for it. Sensed a huge relief, it was found coming on the way,
apparently having overcame the trouble with the main sail an hour earlier.
Two Tall ships belonging to Jubiliee Sailing Trust were anchored nearby, but
two committee boats were also there acting as the starting marks. Coming from
nowhere, a squadron of jet planes came to give us some ten minutes display even
though we were the only one speculating craft at the starting line! Mike tried
to wave to some of the permanent crew aboard one of the Tall Ships, which
he sailed on in a one week trip in Gran Ganaria near Tenerife
one year earlier.
Immediately after the gun went off, we trailed the NDCS yacht for about one
mile and then broke off to return to the GunWharf Quays. We continued past
the marina to explore the navy yards at a distance of some fifty metres away,
and then returned to the marina, where we spent two or three hours in the
champagne lounge room at the Ha Ha bar, one of the most exclusive bars at
the front. No wonder, we went home very broke, and Charlotte braved the rain
to bring the RIB home to the River Hamble some twenty miles
DSUK Committee Member