Halcyon takes the Double Handed option to Devonport.
2015 Devonport Race

by Jeremy Walton

Chris Tucker and Jeremy Walton have entered the Bass Strait Series as a double –handed crew aboard Chris’ yacht Halcyon, a Beneteau First 40. With the mantra of experienced sailor and SSSC Instructor, Robin Hewitt, they have put “PAT” to work and are well-underway with their preparations. Robin’s friend PAT= Prepare and Train!

Jeremy forwarded this update.

“Chris and I have put together a solid practice plan including doing the HBYC double handed series. We have already done three long practice sails including a night sail around the Bay of 70NM. From here the plan is to do the next two HBYC double handed races and to do a night sail out the Heads on Friday 4th Dec. We will go out on the 9.36pm Slack and come back in on the next slack at 3.40am on Saturday. This will give us 16-18 hours on the water which will be a good test for us and how we have set the boat up.

The man over board practice was particularly interesting given all the procedures are based on having a full crew. We have worked out a plan to stop the boat in the shortest possible time and get back to where the MOB happened. It also made us come to the conclusion that we would wear PFDs at all times and also tethered on both at night and during the day. IE. don't leave the boat and no one has to come and get you!

We have an action plan to prepare the boat and are working through each area to make the boat as suitable as possible for double handed sailing.

Chris is now a convert to double handed sailing, very easy to organise the crew, the boat gets set up quicker and there is lots of room down below and you get a cabin each !! We are both very excited about doing the race double handed and looking forward to going to Devonport for the first time as a race destination.”

Perhaps Chris and Jeremy have longer term plans for Osaka………. Jeremy's last foray as a double handed crew member in the Bass Strait Series was aboard Aidan Geysen's boat Streetcar in 2013 when they won the prestigious Rudder Cup.