In Poole Marina we were delighted to spot Marta amongst the other Sigma 38s. The boys went round for a nostalgic look at her, and her skipper then came back to chat.
We were all so proud of Marta - they have done so well at racing- competing in the 2007 Fastnet Race and coming 2nd by 20 minutes, with most boats retiring. We were holed up in Penzance during that gale I recall, walking the coast path! Crossing the Irish Sea under spinnaker, with most of the crew exhausted below, Marta was logged by satellite tracker at 19+ knots surfing down waves as high as the second spreaders!!!
Given that our best ever was 12+ knots, shortly afterwards followed by a broach in Lyme Bay, and my dear aunt being helicoptered off to Dorchester with a broken arm, that was really impressive! The skipper said that when he first stepped on board it was the crisp clean boat and the familiar smell of wood, varnish and diesel that made him feel so at home