Comedy of Errors - Sam White/Richard Raistrick - Outward Leg only
A massive thanks to all those who have text me on the way it really does make a huge difference to receive texts from friends on the way. Thankyou!Get up to date with our current position and follow our progress with the official race tracker here:azab2011.co.uk/
As I passed the last mark of the race and headed for the finish line the wind was peaking at 20 kts. I hardened up the sails and pointed straight to the mark, the rigging creaked as the boat heeled over. We crossed the bay at 7kts upwind and finally the finish line was not only within sight but within reach too.My fist long distance solo race, the first time in an ocean alone in a boat and the first time I had put up with my own company for a whole week and it was over! I crossed the line to be 1st overall 'solo' boat 3rd overall including the 2 handed boats (on corrected time).
As I passed the last mark of the race and headed for the finish line the wind was peaking at 20 kts. I hardened up the sails and pointed straight to the mark, the boat creeked and heeled over. The boat feltGet up to date with our current position and follow our progress with the official race tracker here:azab2011.co.uk/
I was aware that when I got close the TSS (shipping separation lanes) I would need to have my wits about me, However I thought it would be to manoeuvre around large vessels entering or exiting the western channel with holds full of cheap Chinese goods. What I ended up doing was spending the night dancing with fishing vessels! (in the world afloat most things give way to sailing boats when offshore, but everything gives way to fishing boats).
The wind out here tonight is far greater than the forecast. I am seeing 22 kts across the deck and at this angle that is making for some pretty wind conditions on deck. For the last few hours there has been a buffet that can be felt through out the hull which I would occasionally try to eliminate by tweaking things on deck, so far to avail so as I cant seem to stop it I decided it was time to tension up the rig as best I could. that of course means foredeck work which is the last place I really wanted to go!
After a full 20 minutes sleep I decided to brave the elements and go and steer for a while, as i climbed into the cockpit i got another wave on the head, i thought again about my plan and decided to make a few tweaks to the set up and head back down. If I have learned one thing this week it is know when to push and when to chill. I think getting wet and cold for what may well only be 1/3rd of a kt better boatspeed may be false economy, at least that what i told myself.
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A few days ago I put a mark on the chart of where i expected to cross the continental shelf, the small pencil mark on the chart seemed an age away. Since then I have have had fights with spinnakers, lounged around in the sunshine, ate lots of freeze dried food and slept all of about an hour! I have now passed that mark and am now back in shallow water where here the depths are only around the 200 meters a few hours ago they were in excess of 3000!