7 months after our being hit by lightning, Marta is ready to start racing again. The Round thei Island race will be the first time we will have sailed this year. The crew are all ready and we have high hopes for a good race.
Our entry for this year’s Fastnet race has been submitted. Contact me if you are interested in joining us for this years campaign.
Sat 5th April – Nab Tower race*
Fri 18th April – Cowes to Cherbourg*
Sun 20th April – Cherbourg to Cowes*
Fri 2nd May – St Vaast*
Sat 17th May – Cowes to Yarmouth**
Sun18th May – Yarmouth to Cowes**
Sat 24th May – Sigma38 Nationals*
Mon 26th May – Cowes*
Sat 7th June – Weymouth**
Sat 21st June – Round the Island*
Sun 22nd June – David Thomas Regatta*
Sat 28th & Sun 29th June – Sharps Doombar IRC National Double Handed weekend**
Sat 5th July – Dartmouth (for points). And start of JOG OFSHORE WEEK (not for points) Dartmouth –
St Quay Portrieux – St Cast – St Peter Port***
Sat 19th July – Sharps Doombar Island Double**
Fri 22nd Aug – The Channel Race, Cowes to St Peter Port*
Sat 13th Sept – Cowes to Poole via back of Island**
Sun 14th Sept – Poole Cowes**
Fri 26th Sept – Cowes to Cherbourg*
Sat 11th Oct – Owers**
* = For everyone
** = Double Handed
*** = For everyone (more of a holiday)
So at last the race calendar for Marta, let me know if you think I have missed anything or if you have seen something you would like to do, we can always add dates.
Welcome to our new crew member, Titan, a racing pigeon who landed on Marta today and had a free ride to Salcombe!
Photos from the Fastnet Race are now uploaded to the sailmarta Facebook page. Take a look!
Follow the link to look at some excellent photos, courtesy of Angus Beare, of the last month’s Eddystone Offshore Race.
Team Marta have registered for Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2013. Now we need you! Sigma 38s always well represented here, making for close and exciting racing. A fantastic annual event, this is a brilliant opportunity for first-time sailors and those wishing to improve on their experience. The evenings are packed with entertainment and there might even be a few beers stashed away on board..?
We will be racing the first weekend – Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August – before the big test of the Rolex Fastnet Race, for which there is still one more crew position available.
We are looking for crew of varying abilities, so don’t hesitate to contact. Please get in touch if you’d like to be part of of this great event, or with any enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marta’s 2013 Fastnet campaign has just the final crew space to fill. It could be you! For more information on the campaign and the world-renowned 600+ nautical mile race, visit our dedicated Fastnet Page.
As always, please contact sailmarta with any questions/inquiries: email@example.com
The 2nd of the JOG inshore races and this time I’m double-handed with Neil the owner of Paracelsus, the Sigma 38 that is berthed next to Marta. This weeks start was a little earlier and the tide was not favourable for us to make an early morning dash to Cowes. So we sensibly went over the evening before and had a beer in the local hostelry.
After a pretty cold night we woke to lovely blue skies. We rigged for some possible spinnaker work and set off for the start. The wind was Northerly and stronger than forecast. We hoisted the main as we made our way out of the river and headed down to the start line, this week we were the only 38 entered so no match racing. There was a strong east bound tide and I miss judged the start leaving us 30 seconds late for the line. We did our best to catch the fleet and were doing ok until we passed the forts. Most of the boats hoisted a kite and gradually started to pull away. The wind was around 110°T with the wind gusting to 23 knots, we stuck with our number 2. We rounded the mark just ahead of Jibe who had started 20 mins after us, not so good. The wind angle was better for our sail plan on the return leg and we had only lost 8 mins to Jibe when we crossed the line.It was a long reach there and back and we only managed 9th of 12 in class. our double handed result was a little better 3rd of 8.
Yarmouth in 3 weeks hopefully a few more Sigma’s to race.
I was assured by Brian that the weather would be favourable for us to do the Nab Tower Race last weekend double-handed, although it would deteriorate later in the day. So I agreed to the challenge for the practical sailing experience to compliment my Day Skipper theory course that I’m currently doing.
The race started well with us conquering the pin end of the start line. We had decided to race with the No 3 Genoa and the Dacron main sail (with sliders) for ease of use. In retrospect we would have been better with the No 1 heading through the Solent as the wind was as little as 7 knots at times.
We stayed behind the main group of race boats and watched a fully-crewed Sigma 38 edge their way in front of us keeping close to the island shore. We had thought Sigmagician were the only other Sigma entry but, approaching the mark we spotted Mefisto’s devil-faced spinnaker coming towards us with Sigmagician close on their tail. We rounded the mark with no problems, and after a little delay hoisted our heavyweight spinnaker to a big cheer from Hot Rats crew.
As we passed the forts into the Solent the wind went further forward and started to increase gusting to 24 at times. This became harder to control, so we hoisted the No3 again and prepared to drop the kite. Not that easy, the guy got wrapped over the end of the boom, Brian struggled to free it and drop the spinnaker whilst I helmed the boat. This probably cost us several places in the race, finishing 10th out of 15 boats in our class.
The thought of a rewarding drink in the Island Sailing Club was tempting but with the weather deteriorating, we headed back to Haslar punching the tide all the way. It seemed to take forever, we got very wet and cold and I nearly lost the will to live!! Back on our berth with the heating on I felt relieved albeit a little disappointed with our result.