Meet the Skipper
Andy Budgen is a commercially endorsed Ocean Master. He’s sailed since he was 8 years old.
He has an Olympic sailing background in the 49er class with top results at that level including 2nd in the Skiff World Championship in 1999 and National Skiff Champion in 2000. More recently he was top 3 in the 2011 18ft Skiff World Championships and top 10 in the 2012 World Moth Championships.
Don't worry... He's not just a dinghy sailor! Andy has 7 years experience as skipper of a Volvo Open 60, 3 years experience skippering a Volvo 70, and 15 years of racing his beloved Sigma 38.
He has successfully skippered 2 Fastnet Races, a Round Ireland Race, a Round Britain and Ireland Race, many Cowes Weeks, 3 ARC Trans-Atlantics, 3 Round Barbados Races and a RORC Caribbean 600... just to name a few!
He also has spent time coaching British, Irish and Barbadian Olympic Teams as a qualified RYA National Racing Coach.
Meet "The Project"
"The Project" is an extremely well maintained Sigma 38. She is a racer-cruiser, designed as a safe, but fast offshore-racer.
With a full suit of new racing sails (main, jibs, genoas and spinnakers) and safety equipment she is ready to go for the 2020 Caribbean Racing Season.
We are offering skippered racing charters for 6-8 people for seven different regattas around the Caribbean this season.
Click here to find out which regattas we are planning on going to and contact us if you'd like to join us or if you have any questions. We'd love to help!
Or, if you have a more laid back approach to life, you can find out more about our Caribbean Cruising options here.
See more photos of "The Project".
The Story of Monster Marine
"The Project", a Sigma 38
In 2004 we bought a Sigma 38, now known as "The Project". This was the start of something exciting: Monster Marine, which was designed to allow anyone to participate in high level racing and to sail some of today's most exciting sailing craft.
In "The Project" we started racing in and around the Hamble and went on to win our class at Cowes for several years and finished top 3 in Black Group.
More recently we crossed the Atlantic with the ARC+, crossing the line 3rd out of all the boats!
Currently "The Project" is based in Barbados and will be available for Skippered Racing Charters for some of the regattas in the 2020 Caribbean Racing Circuit.
Learn more about our Skippered Racing Charters.
A Side Project...
"Project Racing", an 18ft Skiff
Between 2008 and 2012, Andy ran a campaign in the 18 ft skiff class in Sydney Harbour, Australia.
For this campaign, he was joined by James Barker and Matt McGovern and after several years of hard work they finished top 3 at the 2011 Skiff Worlds.
A Monster Plan...
"Monster Project", a Volvo 70
"Monster Project" was exactly what it sounds. In 2012 we bought Kosatka which had raced in the 2008 Volvo Ocean Race.
After a great deal of work on the boat, it was ready to take people of all abilities and allow them to experience the thrill of racing on this top racing yacht.
For four years, we raced extensively, all around the world and did well in races including: Fastnet Race, Middle Sea Race, Round Britain and Ireland, RORC Caribbean 600, ARC Transatlantic and Antigua Sailing Week.
Side Project #2...
"Nano Project", the Moth
Another one of Andy's side projects was to master the high performance foiling boat, the moth. And just 3 months after sailing one for the first time he competed in the 2011 Moth Worlds in Australia, placing 11th overall.