"Quokka" is the "small" boat on this year's Commodore's Cup team and we had a fantastic week in Les Voiles De St. Barths. We managed to win the regatta with straight bullets but were pushed hard all the way by a well sailed J111 and an A40 writes Maurirce O'Connell.
"Quokka" was was chartered for the week by an Irish consortium headed by ex "Blondie" owner Eamon Rohan, his sister Sonia and her husband. It was fun to race with Eamon again, not having raced together since the "Blondie" days. She was renamed "Ramanessin" for the week.
From an Irish perspective, in addition to Sonia (pit assist) and Eamon (trim) aboard, we also had North Sails colleagues Jeremy Elliott (trim) and Nigel Young (tactics), "Jump Juice" team-mate Colm Dunne (mainsheet) and "Fever" team-mate Keith Glynn (bow). We had 13 team members in total aboard and the craic was mighty.
It was an invaluable boat familairisation week because we will be racing the same boat in June and July under Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling's leadership for the assault on the Brewin Dolphin Commodore's Cup.