Monthly Archives: July 2016

Brexit vs Grexit

Following a rough 900 mile delivery trip past Sicily and across the Ionian Sea, Skylark of 1937 arrived in Spetses, Greece is sparkling condition, beautifully prepared and maintained by her full time crew Tony Morse, Jack Morgan and Emily Brown. Skylark was accompanied on this trip by her two mother ships Blue Bird and Talitha.

Race 1 was held in a building breeze and following a good start Skylark excelled in the flat water and accelerated away from her opposition, never to look back building a healthy lead winning by 23 minutes on corrected time.

Race 2 was started when the wind was extremely fickle and Skylark was caught with no wind as the start gun went. She eventually crossed the line over 5 minutes after the start gun but through a number of tacks in the early stages was back alongside the leading boats by the first mark of the course. She eventually won the race by 1m 36s from the classic boat Glamamara sailed by ISAF Match Racing Committee member Stratis Andreadis and with the competitive 8m yacht Flamingo in third.

The third and final race was one in which Skylark was dominant. She lead from the start at the Committee Boat end of the line right on the gun, tacked away towards the town and into the building breeze coming round the headland of Spetses. As she sailed past the anchored Talitha, Skylark already had a commanding lead which she extended to the finish, coming first by over 13 minutes on corrected time.

In the presence of Carlo Croce, President of both the Yacht Club Italiano and the International Sailing Federation, and King Constantine of Greece and his son Prince Nicholas and Tatjana, Skylark was awarded the overall prizes for the regatta, in addition to the trophies and awards for winning each of the day’s races.

Of the eleven races sailed so far in the 2016 season, Skylark has had 10 wins and one second (which she discarded). Next stop the Corsica Classic in August.