Is it the best event in the Med …? Quite possibly. It is not the largest regatta but it is the longest and 2020 was fabulous – the best Corsica Classic to date. First days were memorable for the 30+ knots of wind which fortunately were blowing offshore. After a lively training day the Skylark “B-Team Maison-de-Chien” headed out to the start of the first race. A short start line put emphasis on boat handling and Skylark threaded her way at speed through the fleet. After a run and a gybe in over 30 knots there was a 10 mile reach to the finish where Skylark raced neck and neck with the larger Olympian all the way. It was a really exciting race which Skylark won.
Sadly celebrations that evening were dampened when one crew member decided the restaurant found by another crew member was not up to scratch (a local pizzeria with very attractive prices) and a marital World War III was narrowly averted. However, everyone was terribly relieved when The Headmaster stepped in and generously bought everyone dinner. Next morning … after a good night’s sleep and with the passage of a little time … all was not forgotten and at-fault crew member was still, at breakfast, in the Maison-de-Chien.
The racing went from port to port and the stronger winds continued. After each race the Skylark crew often headed out on bikes to view the beautiful island of Corsica, the home to event organisers Thibaud & Katia Assante. The passage up the east coast was beautiful. Fortunately Skylark won every race except the 2nd one when she was beaten by Vistona owned by our friend Gian Battista Borea.
At the end of the racing a generous speech was given by Monsieur Le Tommy Écoute de Grand-Voile Franglais.