I had been wanting to enter a race with Sundance for a while but I wanted to sail something that there would be a good number of other boats to race against, having to work Saturdays means I would only be able to pick one. There’s quite a prestige (within NUSC) race against a “rival” (in a nice way) club in Cardiff called the Coxy Cup. There’s also the Holms race which is a bit like the Bristol Channels RTIR, and like the actual round the island race it draws quite a few entrants. Bill from the blog Scapegoats Anonymous an ex (if you can be) Bristol Channel sailor put a post up saying he would like to sail the Holms race and I offered the helm of Sundance to him and his Father Roger.

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The weekend started on the Friday evening after picking my best mate up and heading down to Newport. When arrived at the club to find a good few members enjoying a drink and a chat, we joined in and discussed our thoughts for the next day. The plan was to help out the other launches, get Sundance in the water and leave Newport -1 before HW and get to Cardiff on the ebb. This way we didn’t have an audience trying to pick up Sundance’s mooring for the first time….

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