Fastnet to Malta; time flies when you're having fun!
After the Rolex Fastnet, our last major race in the U.K. for some time, Maverick went back to the Solent for a great Corporate day with Deloitte!
Stuart Miller then packed her up and put her on a Peter's and May ship to Palma.
We launched off the ship and a glorious morning gave way to driving, torrential rain for the 10min delivery to STP shipyard!
Maverick was hauled out the following morning for some minor fairing and paint repairs by DeCabo. We also sent a number of sails off to Doyle to be remeasured for our ratings.
We launched last Monday and had a busy few days getting fuel, water, provisions and sails on, as well as a hydraulic overhaul.
Eric (our navigator) then stepped on like the rockstar he is and took off on the 620 nm delivery to Malta! A leap of faith but well placed thanks to the shore team/delivery crew of Cathrine Jack and Jorge.
As I type from the cramped seat of Veuling's Airbus 320, some of the team are already on the ground in Valletta, Malta's historic capital. Newport's Dan Morris and I arrive in a couple of hours behind Gordon Kay, Luke and Libby Greenhalgh from Team SCA.
We're all looking forward to a couple of good days training before taking on what Ted Turner once famously described as 'the most beautiful race course in the world'.
Stay tuned Mavericks...
Sean McCarter (aka Chicken Joe...)
Find out more about Sean and his Vendee 2020 ambitions here.
Photo credit: Hannah Cotterell Media