Well a tough week has just finished and I’ve actually been able to get some sleep and be awake and fit again within 24 hours of the event finishing. The 2008 Commodores’ Cup was a great event to compete in and I thoroughly enjoyed the week. A big thank you to the crew on board Kees Kaan’s ROARK/Claus en Kaan Architecten.
For a proper report on the events can be best found on the events’ website (http://www.rorc.org/comcup) much better than I can do. However some interesting parts of the week I will comment on…
The event started on Sunday with measuring, registration and a reception at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Monday two short inshore races and a second and first for the boat. However the most important thing about the event is that it is a team event and individual results are not that important. However getting a 2-1 on the first day and 3-1 on the second was nice for the team. On Wednesday the offshore started which was about 24 hours and as Netherlands Red we won the offshore race and as a boat we led our class out of the Solent and led the entire way to be first across the line in class and win our class on corrected time but it wasn’t easy!
On Friday a single inshore race and we were able to get another bullet (first place) with the boat. Saturday and Sunday were much harder on the team and boat but as a team we managed to stay lowest scoring boat of the event until last night. Which had to be celebrated with another reception at the RYS with free Mumm (nice…)
Next for me on the agenda is a delivery of a boat to Cork for Cork Week (http://www.corkweek.ie) and Cork Week as well before the Baltic Sprint Cup (first leg: http://www.balticsprintcup.com). Cork Week will be on board Mark Mills’ designed 43 footer Tiamat – Alfa Romeo a result of fun nights in the Pier View…
More reports on the performance of ROARK can be found on the team’s website: http://www.roarksailingteam.com with photos by Diane Bogaards (http://www.diabo.nl). Gregor Vlasblom (crewmember on board) has kept his blog more up to date ( in Dutch: http://www.gregorvlasblom.com/My_Blog/My_Blog.html).