That was the chosen method of travel for one crew member, Judy Bullmore, from the Cayman Islands sailing in the women's keelboat event on the J/22.
Having been asked to join the team back in December last year, there seemed no better way to make her way to Marseille than by boat. And so it was that she arrived in Marseille's `Vieux Port' on 27 July 2002. It was a close call making it to Marseilles on time, but knowing your means of travel is also going to be `base camp' and `accommodation quarters' for the team, there was no loitering in chic Mediterranean ports en route to Marseille.
The image above shows the keelboat women crew of: Lindsey McDonough, Jane Moon, Pam McFee and Judy Bullmore.
Bow`woman' on the Cayman Islands J/22 is Judy Bullmore, a mother of two, who has lived in the Cayman's for the past 25 years and former crew member of the Cayman J/22 team. Judy was called in to join the team at relatively short-notice, as the usual crew had to pull out as she was expecting a baby. Formerly a member of the team, Judy used to helm, and now is competing in Marseille in a role-reversal as her former bow`woman', Jane Moon, is helming.
Judy sailed straight from Antigua Race Week to Marseille, leaving the Caribbean on 12 May 2002, and taking two weeks to sail with a crew of 5 to Horta in the Azores on her boat `Wild Woman', a Lager 45 Racing Cruising Sloop built in 1996 in Canada. Spending a few days in Horta, they then proceeded to Sotogrande, just east of Gibraltar where Judy dropped off her crew of five and new crew member, Jesus, joined her. They then took a further week to sail onto Mallorca, Balearic Islands and then to Marseille. Judy described it as "a fantastic trip, my fourth atlantic crossing, with wonderful sailing, reaching all the way and excellent weather". What a wonderful way to arrive for a World Championship.
Speaking to Judy today on the ISAF World Sailing Games, she commented on "the wonderful mix of people sailing here, from dedicated Olympic campaigners to those sailors who jump from keelboat to keelboat, some of whom she has met at other regattas, excellent racing area and overall superb regatta".
Funnily enough, earlier this week the Cayman Islands J/80 crew were embroiled in a protest with the Polish J/80 team, and were all guns blazing until the name `Wild Woman' was mentioned, and the Polish realised this was the very boat they had raced against in the Pineapple Cup (annual race from Fort Lauderdale, USA to Mongeto Bay, Jamaica) earlier in the year. Whether that made the Poles drop their guard, who knows, but the Cayman J/80 crew won the protest!
The team are well supported here in Marseille, with both helmswoman and ISAF Council Member, Jane Moon, and crew member Lindsay McDonough bringing their family, who can be found supportively flying the Cayman Islands flag on the quay as they watch the racing. With family here to support them during the day, and the ambience of Marseille's Vieux Port, where `Wild Woman' is based, to relax them at night, together with a great regatta, the team are having a super time.
Cayman has two teams here, both in the keelboat events, one J/22 and one J/80, and whilst not up with the big players in the racing stakes, both having qualified to the silver fleet, they are nevertheless enjoying the racing and a superb regatta.