Howard Spencer, owner/driver of Menace, will be representing RAYC for the event this weekend. Although some of the regular crew are missing, some equally amazing sailors will be stepping in.
“Chris Reid and Ray Davies will be on the other side of the world this weekend, so we have Nick Burridge and Will Tiller standing in,” said Spencer.
“Tiller has some big shoes to fill! He will be calling the shots in place of Ray. No pressure at all!”
“My wife Frances does the runners and keeps us all in line. She is a vital crew member and it’s great to have her part of the team,” continued Spencer.
Menace is the only Kiwi amongst a plethora of Kangaroos on the MC38 circuit. Spencer and his team of authentic New Zealander’s travel back and forth over the ditch to race in the highly competitive fleet.
“The racing is always world class and no matter what, you always have to remain completely focused. If you drop the ball even for a second, then your race can be over,” said Spencer.
Danielle Bowater, the Menace back corner bandit (floater) and along with Frances Spencer, is one of the few women racing amongst the crews.
“I love racing with the Menace crew, we are a great group of friends, and we have an awesome team atmosphere. The crew are all tuned into the “same same”, we all have our routines and stick with them and it seems to work both on and off the water. You should see the HB (James Dagg) making coffees on race day mornings!” said Bowater, full of enthusiasm and counting down the sleeps until the crew head to Sydney.
The Menace crew will board a Air New Zealand flight on Thursday morning and will no doubt be watching a movie or two whilst sipping
a Pinot Noir from Otago (or a rum from wherever) airline coffee.
“We get to Sydney around lunch time on Thursday. We will have some crew bonding both on and off the water before racing gets underway on Saturday. The race course is in the vicinity of Sydney Heads so we’re looking forward to big wind and bigger waves,” said Spencer.
“Bring it on!”