Can the Maxis really be finished, are we really cruising immediately with guests onboard again…. Are we really sailing 180 miles tomorrow now that the wind is dropping, to Ponza …? Was there a break in between the race crew flying out and cruising starting.. Please let me know as I think I missed it somewhere along the line ! It appears to be a deja vu from the June Superyacht regatta in Palma…

Last race, keeping Visione behind us !

The regatta finished on a high as we crossed the line in front of our competition the other 45m carbon fibre yacht ! We sailed well and after having overtaken then we kept our lead, even though they were gaining on us on the last leg. Once on the dock I went over with a large chocolate brownie which I cut up into lots of pieces and gave as a peace-offering !! The other chocolate brownie went to the winner of the regatta Y3K … Well they did win the Rolex Cup again …

It all seems to have gone so fast, the regatta days just disappear in adrenaline, excitement, disappointment as well as the preparation of sandwiches, coffee and cakes, the clearing up at the end then getting ready to go out to join the race crew for dinner… And of course trying to keep my eyes open long enough to enjoy the food that someone else has prepared for me! It was a long regatta with emotional ups and downs but we pushed on different sandwiches each day, different cakes ! The feed back is fun to hear on the rail as we hike up to help with flattening of the boat, to make her go faster. The foredeck crew are always vocal in their opinions on the sandwiches or the cakes ! They are always interested to find out what is on the menu each day and of course I get told which is the best sandwich, what is the best cake and could I do those again … The BLTs were again the best sandwich with a remark …. “please can you make those on 3 race days not just the last one !” The last cakes were a crowd pleaser too, straciatella meringues with raspberries and chocolate drizzle…Infact to those in the States who I send care packages to with bars of chocolate stracciatella these should have been made in your honor and sent over in another care package but hey we all enjoyed them far too much that non were left … You can only check out the photos and follow the recipe that follows!

Straciatella Meringues with raspberries

4 egg whites at room temperature

1 1/2 cups of caster sugar

2 punnets fresh raspberries

50 gm dark chocolate grated

Pre heat oven to gas mark 1/ fan forced 100/ 110

Line a couple of baking trays with baking paper

Whisk the egg whites until almost stiff and then slowly whisk in the caster sugar, a tablespoon at a time whisking it long enough to dissolve the sugar before you add the next tablespoon. The meringue mixture should be thick and shiny by the time you have finished whisking in all the sugar and it should take you about 10 mins if not more to complete the job.

Gently fold in the grated chocolate and then spoon into a piping bag. Pipe small meringues on to the prepared baking trays and either place a raspberry into the meringue or keep it plain. It is also fun to place a raspberry onto the meringue then put more meringue on top so there is a real taste surprise as people bit into them if they cannot see the raspberry!

Bake these for an hour until they are crispy on the outside. You will have to remove these from the baking trays onto a cooling rack whilst you finish cooking all the meringues. Once you have finished cooking I place all the meringues onto a baking tray and place them back into the oven with the oven door ajar and let them finish cooking whilst the oven is cooling down…

Whilst they are cooling down melt another 50 gm or a bar of chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Spoon the chocolate into a small plastic bag.

Once cooled place the meringues onto a sheet of baking paper. Snip off the very end of the plastic bag in which you have placed the melted chocolate and drizzle over the meringues. Allow to set and serve … delish

Here is just a quick note as I realise I have not thanked all the guys who ate my sandwiches and cakes each day … who helped us sail the boat, who helped clean up each evening and pack away the boat…those who joined the regular crew to make the boat a race boat for the Maxi Rolex cup! We could not have done it without you, so thank you

I know some of you will not be back but I can only hope that we see you all again whether it is on this boat or another …

Meringues waiting to be baked

Meringues drizzled in chocolate