There is much to be experienced whilst riding the winds on large powerful bodies of water. Navigating coastal shores towards a well plotted destination inclusive of wind directions and tides makes for many challenges to embrace and inspire.
My first opportunity at the helm of Songline was sailing the Tyranian sea towards the west coastline of Italy. Wind was good at about 17kn and I was humbled and surprised by the delayed motion of the bow as I steered the course. It was such a long boat compared to what I had ever sailed before, on the Great Lakes in Canada. Before this experience I had sailed on smaller racing boats in the 25′ to 30′ range. Steering this size of yacht , a Sweden 45′ and also built for racing with twice the length, I felt a moments lag between the wheel and the bow. She was stiff and responsive and I knew this boat could sail any conditions extremely well. It was like driving a Jaguar after being accustomed to a Porche Boxer and its all good.