Crew member on FRA26 Aparito
It’s been a difficult few hours on Aparito but after much soul searching and number crunching we are going to have to announce our retirement.
Those of you who know a bit about Dr Elin Haf Davies will be aware she is the founder and CEO of Aparito, a start up tech company working to support remote patient monitoring using emerging technologies. Elin is passionate about everything she does and always takes the big challenges head on, whether it’s offshore racing or growing her company.
At this moment in time her company needs to take priority and we have finally come to terms with the fact it won’t be possible for us to finish this race in time to meet her business commitments. So we will be pulling in to Eastbourne to drop her off .
It’s gutting and we’ve had 24hrs of heartache trying to make the right decision.
We entered this race expecting to make up the numbers and have some fun. We had an ancient class 40 and a crew of 3.
After 10 days of racing, laughing and enduring the multiple personalities of the British summer weather it is incredible to be lying 4th in class and 6th line honours with only 50 miles to go.
Of course this has been a war of attrition but who would have thought old tubs would still be in it?
We are incredibly proud of what we’ve done.... so we won’t get an official result but as we said at the very beginning of this experience... there is a lot more to yacht racing than just the results. The Seven Star Round Britain and Ireland race has been spectacular. Thank you to RORC race committee and Congratulations to everyone still out there slogging away. It’s a tough race and you are tough sailors! Respect!
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