Oddly my 40' looks somewhat dwarfed by Nico Budel's 40'.

Oddly my 40' looks somewhat dwarfed by Nico Budel's 40'.Start OSTAR 2013

The Newport Yacht Club hoists the flag of the most recent finisher. Theoreticall...

The Newport Yacht Club hoists the flag of the most recent finisher. Theoretically, the Swiss flag will fly the longest, as Geoff Alcorn won't finish any time soon. However, as on July 5 the race committee winds down its activities here in Newport the flag is going back to England as well.

This picture merits a special post. It was just after I have lost the GoPro. I w...

This picture merits a special post. It was just after I have lost the GoPro. I went out again with my Canon to make a few pictures of that storm. I hoped that exactly this picture came out well. And I am very happy with it.

A few pictures from my trip.

A few pictures from my trip.

Finished the OSTAR 2013 in 35 days and 8 hours. Or in 27 days and 11 hours when...

Finished the OSTAR 2013 in 35 days and 8 hours. Or in 27 days and 11 hours when counting from Brest. What a trip.

last supper? had to change gas bottle. over channel 16 i follow coast guard resc...

last supper? had to change gas bottle. over channel 16 i follow coast guard rescue mission from ocean power.

race instructions say that i must let nantucket to starboard. and i need to be c...

race instructions say that i must let nantucket to starboard. and i need to be cautious about the nantucket shoals.

just received a pan pan call, but it is out of my reach. conditions are really d...

just received a pan pan call, but it is out of my reach. conditions are really depressing. i have never seen so little sunshine in june.

this last waypoint (nantucket) is a fight. if i arrive tomorrow i am happy.

this last waypoint (nantucket) is a fight. if i arrive tomorrow i am happy.

i am fed up. too strong wind, too long, wrong direction, bad weather, gas alarm...

i am fed up. too strong wind, too long, wrong direction, bad weather, gas alarm preventing me from cooking, all wet. i want to arrive.

lot of traffic and many fisher buoys. in general rather wet.

lot of traffic and many fisher buoys. in general rather wet.

i will have to tack around nantucket. this might cost up to 12h.

i will have to tack around nantucket. this might cost up to 12h.

finally wind abates a little from 35kn to 25kn. always beating.

finally wind abates a little from 35kn to 25kn. always beating.

charging with 3 reefs at 8kn through the night. at this pace i can make it by s...

charging with 3 reefs at 8kn through the night. at this pace i can make it by sunday.

great fun as private plane flies 3 times over me. meanwhile on 8th book.

great fun as private plane flies 3 times over me. meanwhile on 8th book.

the wind is fooling me. tacked back. noticed some wear and tear on sails, sheets...

the wind is fooling me. tacked back. noticed some wear and tear on sails, sheets, and winches. time to arrive.

i think i cannot avoid a tack to the south. so i tacked as the wind veered.

i think i cannot avoid a tack to the south. so i tacked as the wind veered.

i am getting an idea why these regions are called nova scotia and new england. i...

i am getting an idea why these regions are called nova scotia and new england. it's raining all day. otherwise all good, even though i would prefer heading more south.

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