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Falmouth under full sail

The action packed day in Falmouth is now under full sail with many yachts out in Falmouth Bay putting their light air skills to practice. Just before they left the dock Gerry Eckert – skipper of Viveka –  the Frank Paine designed 22m schooner said they were all delighted to be at the regatta for the first time.

“We heard it was a very good event last year and know a lot of people who did it and they said it was fantastic so that was the best recommendation. Also, as a team we are quite relieved to be here in England in the cooler conditions because it is very hot in the Med, in Palma, at the moment. It is also a good vibe here and we are really looking forward to the racing tomorrow.”

Commenting on the aim of the week for team Viveka, Gerry added: “To have as much fun as possible, go as fast as possible. In my view, as long as everyone is smiling on board and the owner is happy then Viveka is a happy boat. If we can get a good result, that’s a bonus.”

Verity Chase – team member and crew responsible for cooking and logistics on Viveka  arrived back to the boat with a shopping trolley fresh from local supermarket laden with provisions for the week. “The plan is to keep the catering simple when racing. We tend to go for anything we can grab quickly while sailing because it is always full on, on deck.”

Once back on shore later this afternoon team skippers are heading to the Port Pendennis Marina base for the official Skippers’ Briefing. From here they will be joined by team members and guests on a ferry trip to Trelissick House, the awe-inspiring venue for the opening Richard Mille Cup reception. This Georgian country estate on the hillside at the head of the River Fal is the exquisite setting for the ‘grand opening’ of this event which is fast becoming known as a prime jewel in the crown of the international classic yacht racing scene.


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