Crew member on GBR1429L British Soldier
Day 1 - Mon 23 Aug 10, 1451 hrs
We're finally off! A great downwind start in 30 knots of breeze, with full Main and No 3. Surfing along at 12 - 13 knots. Grouparama (Volvo 70) surfed past doing 25 knots+. Watched a Class 40 drop her rig after 5 mins of kite - it's a long way to go and pity for them. Puma (our closest rival) tried their kite but too breezy - thanks for the experiment guys! Got to dash, just coming round the corner of the IoW out through the Forts and time for a reef...