Faithful Crew and Friends of Strategery,


Well, let's just say that we opened the season with a bang. That is the noise our spinnaker made when it tore on the bottom of the sail...OUCH! Fortunately we had a backup chute on board. On the positive side, we had a great start, and were first at the upwind mark. We finished 3rd to Marlen's 2nd and Uproar's 1st place for the evening. Bill Lane made his debut with his new 105 Ginger Ale 2, and finished 4th with Ubuntu in 5th.

Rather than dwell on this, I'll call your attention to the happenings of Randy Smyth, driving for Tommy Hilfilger on the Volvo Extreme 40 who put it all in perspective for me.

Randy reports all are OK, and they even moved up a spot in the standings.

There's an article on this below, with an awesome video...

Till next week. Cliff.

5.30.06 - Race 1
Photo credits: Richard Blake ©


30 :: May :: 2006
18:05:00 :: GMT
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Today the Volvo Extreme 40’s did what they are designed to do - entertain.

Spectators along Southsea seafront saw the true power of the 40ft extreme catamarans, which form part of the in-port entertainment package for the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06, and witnessed the carnage of the final race of the day.

In 15-25 knots the final race saw two of the teams, overall series leaders Tommy Hilfiger and Volvo Ocean Race, upside down. Tommy Hilfiger helmed by Randy Smyth performed a spectacular cartwheel after they dug the front of the boat in whilst they were leading the race. The boat got to the point of no return and all of the crew members tumbled from the high side, through the air and into the water.

Unfortunately Tommy Hilfiger were unable to finish the race but still managed to hold on to second place overall after scoring two seconds and a first in the three earlier races of the day.

In exactly the same spot, just one lap later, Volvo Ocean Race helmed by the class designer Yves Loday mirrored the mistake and although they didn’t do a complete cartwheel, they did capsize the boat causing them to forfeit a result from that race.

Team Basilica, helmed by 49er sailor Alister Richardson managed to keep their heads above water. The all British team scored four results inside the top three to pull out an eighteen point lead over second placed Tommy Hilfiger.

Conrad Humphreys’ Motorola had the best day out of the fleet. With Isle of Wight sailor Leigh McMillan at the helm, the team went on to score two firsts and two thirds to place them third overall - just one point off second. Team Holmatro, helmed by class creator and double Olympic medallist Mitch Booth is currently placed fourth overall with Team Volvo Ocean Race fifth.