...on the subject of boats



L.A: "How do you feel about the Floodtide Navigate project from a sailing perspective?"

J.E: "Well... (thinks) It is lovely to have Jacomina which is a Swan 46. It’s quite a subtle difference in the sailing experience and hard to describe. I trust it to look after everyone on board and that is a really important thing. I’ve been scared on sailing boats enough times to know that I don’t want to be in a position where I feel that the boat is not going to look after me. So…  it’s so exciting to have an opportunity to sail a good sailing boat; that is good for the Floodtide project but also other further possible projects. And also if Floodtide phase two could possibly happen, then a boat that has excellent sailing capability would be good.

Floodtide is an usual project from a sailing point of view. The idea that we will decide to go places that we think we can do an interesting Floodtide performance; it might have good performers, a good place to perform and those things put a demand on the navigation. It’s different to going on a sailing holiday where you choose to hop one nice marina or anchorage to another. In this case, you might have to go somewhere like, for example, Barrow in Furness. That’s perfectly fine place to navigate to, but it’s not a common place, as far I know, for holiday makers to sail to. There is nothing particularly difficult about it but it illustrates that we have to sail places that are slightly challenging from a navigation point of view. And again having a rugged boat might mean we have to anchor or be on a mooring in an uncomfortable place for a while and need to be resourceful and self sufficient, those kind of things; not be too dependant on stepping ashore to a cosy marina all the time.  It’s nice to have a decent dinghy that we can explore creeks and be able to row ashore to a venue and that kind of thing if we can’t step ashore. So it’s all to do with ruggedness in a way...and resources."

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