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Watthey takes Merlin to Cowes

Commercial litigator James Watthey is freshly back in chambers from taking part in 2 of the world's great sailing events. James and his crew Merlin sailingtook to the water for their first full length regatta at Cowes Week on his own newly purchased yacht, a classic Quarter Tonner called “Merlin”. 


With guests from Blue Chip multinationals and City law firms as well as his co-owners and friends, he navigated the way around the racing marks of the Solent for the last 3 days of the regatta. It was a steep learning curve but with new sails and some race tuning, they'll be back next season with a vengeance.


As if that were not enough sailing for one fortnight, he went on to join James Neville's HOD 35 “White Knight of Wessex” in the 2009 Rolex Fastnet race, played out over 608 nautical miles from Cowes to the Fastnet Rock off the south coast of Ireland and back to Plymouth. Light winds at the start and towards the finish combined with spring tides made this year's race one of the most tactically demanding in recent years, while the usual force 6 and lumpy conditions of the Irish Sea and the sheer length of the race made it just as much a test of endurance as ever. 


Merlin crew


 

 

Above: Watthey strikes a pose in light airs during Cowes Week.


Right: Watthey grinds the winches in the Fastnet Race.