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Crew member on GBR8407R Encore

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Encore Blog Tuesday 24 August

Comming up for our first 24 hour run reaching fast under JT in 20knts of breeze and feeling very grateful for the change to anticlockwise!Stress levels now down after a frantic day and a half prepaaring follwoing the Commodores Cup. Some great efforts from the team - particularly Guilaume who replaced our steering strop just before the start. We are all settling into the race and making up for our staggering over the start line just about prepared.Navigation uncompromised by skipper insisting on staying in mobilephone range until the GCE results are available. Looking for 200nm for the fist 24hour run.

Crew member on GBR93 Concise 2

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I had hoped to get some great pictures of Concise at the start of the 1,800mile Seven Stars Round Britain and Ireland Race but to quote Robbie Burnsthe best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.

Prior to departure I had given the crew one of my now famous pep talks.Famous that is for my brevity and their lack of attention. I reminded themthat it was safety first at all times, to look out for each other and thatthe race was 1,800 miles, be cautious, but there was a record up for grabs.

It was blowing 25 knots, gusting 30+, with some really nasty short seas asthe boats crossed the line off the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes. I foundmyself struggling to get anything out of my trusty Nikon, too many saltwater soakings over the last few years had finally done for it.

By the time I got the reserve camera out, Concise 2 was charging down thenorth side of the course under spinnaker, heading for the eastern exit ofthe Solent, surfing past boats left, right and centre. I chased after herfor about 35 minutes but realised that this wasnt exactly Smartboatconditions and it was going to be hell getting back. Reluctantly, I turnedround and headed for the Hamble. Looking over my shoulder I could just makethem out, spray flying high. It left me thinking that over the next 9 daysor so there was going to be some buttock clenching moments.

Tony Lawson

Crew member on GBR9357 Hull and Humber

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Hull & Humber Blog Day 2 By Janet Flynn, Clipper 07/08 Crew

It’s been quite a busy first 24 hours on board Hull & Humber, with theexcitement of the start over, we quickly settled into our watch system –6 hours on, 6 hours off during the night and then 2 shifts of 4 hoursand 2 shifts of 2 hours, and we start all over again.

Surfing down waves in the English Channel, with the sun out and a poledout Yankee 2 headsail, life doesn’t get much better than this. Headingthrough the shipping lanes at Dover is always a challenge, so we have toensure we keep a vigilant eye out for the traffic. We’re followingGraham’s route as far as Lowestoft, where we pick up a route devised byPeter. The course has been divided up into 4 areas with 4 crew memberseach taking it in turn to plan our route, making best use of the tidesand avoiding any navigational hazards, such as oil rigs in the NorthSea. All has gone according to plan so far, in fact we were 6 hoursahead of schedule at Lowestoft such was the good time made in theChannel – so no pressure Peter!

Earlier today we passed by the mouth of the Humber, so we made sure togive a little wave! At the moment the mothers are preparing dinner –Thai Green Curry tonight I believe, which given the angle we’re heeledover at could be quiet a challenge, but I’m sure they’ll rise to it.

Day 1 Blog By Joey O'Hare

This morning was a grey one in Cowes. The final preparations on boardHull and Humber were undertaken in very grizzly conditions. A distinctmixture of excitment and apprehension was in the air, and even thoughthe race route had been reversed to avoid boat-shattering conditions,the forcast promised some big winds. After feuling her up, and a warmingluch of soup on the deck we set sail around one o'clock.The start was very exciting. Not fifteen minuets in we'd already seentwo shredded spinnakers and two snapped masts... Nerves were entirelydispelled with the competion and excitment - the race start was one ofthe most exciting things I've ever experienced. The picture of the vastfleet racing out of Cowes is one I shan't ever forget.

Edinbugh has been in sight thus far. The downwil, sailing has beenwonderful, and the smile on Patrick's face at the helm quite somethingas he surfed Hull and Humber down the waves at 15.5 knots.We arecurrently having our first dinner of the race, gazing at the beautifulwhite cliffs of Beachy Head with a glorious sunset. Mild seaskicknessaside, I couldn't be more delighted to have decided to partake in thesevenstar race - this is going to be a great 10 days!

Josephine O'Hare, 22, London, Student

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