Tamesis Club’s new National 18 is now alive! Matt and I went to White Formula UK Ltd in Brightlingsea on Saturday morning to receive her, and then Matt and Pete Impey sailed her round to West Mersea Yacht Club so that the three of us could sail her in this week’s National 18 Championships (I had the pleasure of driving the trailer round).
Optimus Prime is N18 number 421 (prime number?!) and is co-owned by me and Matt. She will likely be based at Tamesis for the time being, with occasional expeditions to open meetings and sailing hot spots.
We’re having a brilliant time here in West Mersea, and we have fantastic hosts in West Mersea Yacht Club (who’ve been hugely welcoming). Their bar certainly seems happy to receive us.
The racing has been ‘champagne’ like so far, with remarkably warm water – I thought the water was supposed to be very cold here?! – excellent sea breeze, and close finishes, although Matt, Pete and I are currently caressing the back of the fleet as a way of being fair on all the others(!).
Pete’s now done his middleman duty, and we’ve Stewart Colley joining us for Wednesday’s sailing, then Matt’s friend Joe for Thursday and Friday.
If you’re passing West Mersea swing by. It’s like the Caribbean here currently, although with a lot of extra sea weed.
Will provide more pictures next week.