Bear Grylls’ Escapade

It was very windy, and all the main sailing races had been cancelled, but this just seemed tailor-made for me.

The dinghy would be fun to test in these conditions. And it Was ! The Tiwal 3 took off at a rate of knots. The last time I felt such a surge of raw power under sail was with Ellen MacArthur in her Open 60 yacht Kingfisher. We bore away from the wind in a reach and experienced the surge of adrenaline and power as we just took off.

Now, here I was on the Tiwal 3, and it was amazing ! I bore away too fast from the wind, the nose dipped – and wham – we pitchpoled like a catapult. But once I gured out that I had to really shift the weight back to stop the bow nosing into the waves, it was awesome, skimming and planing across the big sea more like a windsurfer than a sailboat. I loved it.