Aloooha! What a beautiful morning to arrive in Bermuda. A mourning
dove followed us just before the finish and hitched a ride on the
making a wonderful sight at the end of this race.
A mourning Dove catches a ride on Titan XV
the only wildlife we’ve seen. In addition to the marine animal we
hit on the first afternoon, we saw tons of flying fish (one landed on
the boat), a whale breeching, a manta ray (about 10 feet tip to tip),
men-o-war, pods of porpoises, and another bird that was flushed through
the jib-main slot last night and stayed to collect its thoughts. What
final night’s perfectly flat water and clear skies were carbon copies
of the previous two. We had about two hours of upwind work as we
Il Mostro, Genuine Risk, and the bigger ones in our fleet,
Rambler and Beau Geste. It was a bit somber watching the
wind go left, allowing the British team in Rán to finally secure
their lead over us. Good on them. This turned out to be a very tactical,
even surgical race, and our tactician, Peter Isler, noted several eddies
well south of the stream.
just heard that Bella Mente has finished. That would put us only
minutes apart, but we don’t know who’s on top. The important
thing is that our finish order hasn’t affected the crew’s morale
at all. As soon as we crossed the line, we went right to work packing
up the racing sails and lines for the delivery. There’s been
plenty of laughter about the race’s funny moments, visuals of which
might be like outtakes from “Smokey and the Bandit” or another silly
Aboard Titan: Every
day, All day -- this is what it was like
for almost 3 days
it’s fun to reflect that the race is a big inside joke for the 20
veterans of Titan XV – a nice bonding experience with new friends
– I’m sure that the entire fleet is in on the same joke. Better
yet, the same secret, because we have all shared a truly great time.
I write, I know this wonderful experience is not over because we have
a two-hour motor to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. We're in Bermuda
and I can’t wait to see the other competitors as they arrive,
the small boats that will arrive towards the end of the week because
we’ve had so many different experiences. Ours include Titan
XV’s owner, Tom Hill, who has served as a great inspirer.
you on the docks!
Tom Hill, owner of Titan XV
his 70s, Tom laughs with the crew and steers the boat faster than the
polars and always has a positive comment. And Peter Heck, our chef,
trimmer, and driver, kept us in amazing food: hot corned beef
hot dogs, and spaghetti and meat sauce with an amazing Asian salad.
C’est Bon, Peter!