All pictures by Helen Mussell, SY Iguana
5th August – Prize Giving
On the 28th November 2012 we picked up a tweet about Mike Gascoyne leaving Lisbon, Portugal and solo racing straight to Grenada.
Every year many sail boats cross the Atlantic, but from Lisbon to Grenada? And on a solo race? This made us curious and we started to do some research. As we are more interested in sailing than in Formula One, the name did not ring a bell. Thanks to all the social media tools we found out more about Mike Gascoyne and the Caterham Callenge.
We contacted Caterham Composites and asked for permission to surprise Mike Gascoyne with a ‘Welcome Fleet’ in Grenada. He had a tracker on his boat and tweeted his positions, weather conditions and made everybody be part of his race to Grenada.
Browse through the videos Mike Gascoyne made during his solo race:
You can also follow him on Twitter!
The 48 hours before his arrival were extremely exciting as the ETA’s (estimated time of arrival) changed due to weather and wind conditions.
1. ETA Thursday, 13th December, 2pm
2. ETA Thursday, 13th December, 6pm: tricky timing for us, as there are reefs which can not be seen very well in the dark.
3. ETA Friday, 14th December, just after sunrise: much better
Then a tweet ‘Land Ho, Carriacou ahead, first land sighted since the southern tip of Madira 12 days ago’
4. ETA Friday, 14th December, 5pm
Could not have been better planned! The weather was absolutely perfect, blue sky and calm sea with a light breeze.
At 2pm we gathered with friends and press people and jumped on our boats and headed out to greet Mike Gascoyne.
Anybody who ever made a crossing knows the feeling when suddenly after days with no land sighting you see a green dot that gets bigger and land forms. This was now the other way around and it is very exciting too! You see a little white dot but is i him? Then it gets bigger and bigger and then you can see and you know YES it is him, he made it!
Well done Mike for solo racing from Lisbon to Grenada on this class 40 racing yacht, what an achievement!
Mike mentioned in the interview that he is looking into taking part the next Barcelona World Race 2014 . We wish you all the luck and you can bet we will ‘follow’ you!
Thanks again for letting us be part of it!
Daniela & Rene
Pictures courtesy picturesofgrenda.com
Mike, is one of the most renowned technicians in Formula One and has carved out an illustrious career at the pinnacle of international motorsport for over two decades. Having studied for a Ph.D. in fluid dynamics at Cambridge University throughout the 1980s, Mike’s passion for motorsport took him into the world of Formula One for the first time in 1989 when he joined the McLaren team. Since 1989 Mike has continued working at varying teams and currently holds the position of Group Chief Technical Officer, with overall technical responsibility for all Caterham Group activities.
Mike started sailing at a very early age. His dad run the north norfolk sailing school and the solo atlantic crossing was always something he dreamed of. Caterham Composites and its affiliation with Alex Thomson Racing and Mike’s experience in sailing will improve the understanding of the technical needs within the marine sector and the solutions Caterham Composites can offer…
for the races here in Grenada:
Grenada Sailing Week: 31st January – 5th February 2013
Races are Friday – Tuesday with Sunday being a lay day.
South Grenada Regatta: 21st – 24th February 2013
Fleet races are Friday and Sunday. Saturday is match racing.
Our goal is to build up a racing crew and participate in regattas in the region.
Please contact Rene at 419 3618 if you are interested to be part of the team. If you are available on all those racing dates that is great. However if you have other duties like work or school and you are only available on the weekend you can still become a crew member of our racing team.
Practices will be on the weekends Saturdays and/or Sundays.
There is no charge to participate as crew! We will cover all the entry fees for those races. If you have sailing experience that will help but this is not a requirement.
If you are motivated, enthusiastic, like the competition and are ready to take the training and racing serious then please call Rene at 419 3618 .
Watch the video of the 2012 South Grenada Regatta and let us know if you would like to be part of our crew!