I was fortunate to have a great crew for our trip. All boys, playing with toys. It was a blast. Bryan Suthard was my long time business partner and colleague for the past 15+ years. Carlos Diaz was invaluable crew from Buenos Aires to Brazil - and wanted to sail some more. Eric Maynard, another Antares owner, self professed techie and gourmet cook on land (grin) joined for the trip. All of us in our mid 40's and ready to rumble (or tumble).
|Crew striking a pose|
Our sister boat - Escapade - made it even more fun. Our boats were identical with two exceptions:
- Field Trip has a full, slab reefed mainsail vs. in mast furling main (more info here)
- Field Trip weighed about 400 - 800 lbs more than Escapade (based on waterline)
|Bryan - Organic tackle expert|
Within the first day, the crew melted together well as a team. General roles were:
- Bryan Suthard - Organic fishing tackle expert, fish zapper, & fish gore cleaner upper
- Carlos Diaz - Overall sailing strategist, technical sailing expert, & outside settee napper
- Eric Maynard - Gourmet ceviche chef, over the lifeline fish chummer, & mainsail trimming maniac
- Myself - Facebook updater, napper, & calm, cool and collected skipper (grin)
|Eric (left) and Carlos prepare Ceviche & Avocado dip|
|Me with tuna|
As a general rule, if we were sailing less than 3kts, we used engines. Otherwise, we enjoyed a peaceful sail on calm waters...and played with our video and photography toys.
So, now for the overall results (link here):
- 1st place in multi-hull division
- 3rd lowest engine hours of entire fleet
- 3rd yacht to cross the finish line
- Awarded best photography during trip
Congrats to the crew for a great job!
|Atlantic Cup Crew (and Elizabeth and Michael)|
One of our goals of the trip was to create a mini documentary of our trip. I literally have over a hundred clips and pictures from our journey. The first Episode of our video is now available below.
Episode 2 will be available when we arrive in Newport, RI next week.