CBYA DAY TRIP TO VISIT THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE VILLAGE AT ALICANTE
35 Members of the CBYA assembled on Tuesday 17 October to visit the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Alicante. Most grateful thanks are due to Tim Fawle, for making this possible through his invaluable Volvo Ocean Race sailing contacts, and to Hugh Epsom for his outstanding organisation in putting the plan together. Also to Chris Bell for organising the transport and the delightful lunch for everyone at the Taverna del Puerto, and finally to Sue Bell for dealing with all the funding arrangements. Everything worked perfectly!
Early morning starts were necessary to coach all participants down to Alicante by 1000 to meet the tightly scheduled programme. A slight hiccup occurred en-route when Tim was alerted to the fact that Team VESTAS 11th Hour Racing, our hosts for the visit, had had to move away from the jetty first thing in the morning due to overnight jetty damage which had also affected their yacht VESTAS. This potentially game-changing development was splendidly overcome by ferrying us in two groups alongside VESTAS by a massive RIB so that all of us had a chance to crawl all over the boat and to question members of the crew about everything from racing to domestics and logistics. Most grateful thanks are due here to Tony Mutter and Stacey Jackson who looked after us all superbly. We wish them all well for the Race, and will be rooting for them! read more →