Wait­ing for the tide

What are the odds?

Practical Boat Owner - - Contents - with the editor Rob Melotti

Top billing this month to the Golden Globe rac­ers as we dig into the tips and tricks em­ployed by the fleet of skip­pers to turn their pro­duc­tion long-keel cruisers into non-stop round the world rac­ing yachts (page 28). PBO has never been a big fol­lower of ocean rac­ing (out­side of the news pages), but as the seas take their toll on the fleet it be­comes clear that al­though 50 years has passed since Suhaili and Sir Robin Knox-John­ston first cir­cum­nav­i­gated non-stop, there is still plenty to be said for ‘slow and steady wins the race’.

Take Com­man­der Ab­hi­lash Tomy, an of­fi­cer in the In­dian Navy sail­ing the Suhaili replica Thuriya. He ap­pears not to be trou­bling the lead­ing pack but, thanks to Lad­brokes, we now

have odds on him win­ning the race: 18/1 (as we went to press). Let us know if you’re fol­low­ing the race and who you’re back­ing: gold­en­glober­ace.com

And still on the sub­ject of rac­ing, the PBO Miles to Mal­don tro­phy is up for grabs at the Mal­don Re­gatta 22 Septem­ber (mal­don­re­gatta.co.uk).

Awarded for the boat towed the great­est dis­tance to the event, the 2014 tro­phy was awarded to Gwilym and Eva Newn­ham, who towed their 16ft Win­kle Brig Con­stance 503 miles from Ire­land! PBO’s Dave Selby will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in one of sev­eral Sail­fish 18s, and will be on hand to ad­vise on launch sites and help find overnight berths in Mal­don, so crews can stay on and en­joy the party.

Com­man­der Ab­hi­lash Tomy shows off the Guin­ness barom­e­ter ‘bor­rowed’ by Golden Globe Race or­gan­iser Don McIn­tyre from the Chain Locker pub in Fal­mouth – recre­at­ing the mis­chief started by Sir Robin Knox-John­ston in 1968

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