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Blog entry Rare for 13th Aug 2014 - Time 18.20

Day 2 Tues

Day 2 The adrenaline from day 1 subsided and life on board started to find its routine. We rounded Lowerstoft with our focus on catching Scarlet Logic who had a 6-7mile lead during the first night. With rumb line reach we reeled them in as we navigated through the banks off Yarmouth. It seemed to take forever to finally pass them within a few hundred metres and then our courses diverged, as we went further inshore.

Late afternoon the front came through with a bad squall. We had timed to perfection the change from Jib Top to J4, so the effects of the 35knot blast were contained. A second front passed through and left us with 25 knots S/W, so at around 19.00 we finally got some colour in the sky with the pink A4 hoisted. Fantastic blast doing 16+ knots at times. By 10.30 the sky had darkened again so we dropped the A4 just in time for 30+knots with gusts. A great day for calling the sail changes !!

Day 3

Continued to make great progress up the Eastern cost of the UK. 25 knots S/W clocked left and around lunch time we found the low pressure system forecast. Big uncomfortable sea state with 30knots building to 37/38 made a tough afternoon as 2 reefs went in the main and we battled some really big breaking waves. With the wind clocking West and now NW we are in upwind mode trying to hold the rumb line to the Shetlands. Scarlet Logic has returned back in AIS range and has reeled us back in !!

Both the boat and ourselves are very damp. Off watch is spent cap napping on spinnaker bags on the cabin floor - its like sleeping in a washing machine....Looks like this is going to be the norm for a while now: Muckle Flugga 196 miles to go..

Cheers

Ian and Conrad

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*Weather outlook and the wind shifts*

The persistent shift I described yesterday is still forecast to happen in

all the weather models. Boats in classes 1-3 are presently east of

Aberdeen and have already seen the wind veer from SW to W and will see it

veer slowly from W to NW from 4pm this afternoon. The veer will continue

through the night and the wind will be N by 0700 Thursday. This will be

associated with a drop in wind strength to below 20 knots, which should

provide some respite for the crews. However this respite will be tempered

by having to sail close to the wind which will make it still feel very

demanding.

Some weather models show the wind picking back up to 20 knots as the boats

reach MF on Thursday night but other models say the wind will stay down

around 15 knots. However all the models show the wind does another veer at

2200 on Thursday and goes round from 355 to 010. This would be a lift for

any boats approaching Muckle Flugga on starboard.

*Tactical decisions*

This looks set to make the rest of the leg up to Shetland into a beat with

some tricky tactical decisions. The navigators will be wondering how far

to go to “bang the corner” on the beat. Or whether to tack early from port

to starboard tack. They will wonder if that lift is going to materialise

on the way to Lamba Ness and Muckle Flugga. The persistent shift says

“bang the corner”. The prospective lift says tack earlier. Hmmm?

But banging the corner means going out on a limb a bit and tacking between

150 and 100 miles from the windward mark. Since the wind will not follow

the forecast precisely, this can be very risky. Dinghy sailors will

recognise this dilemma. I suspect skippers will use some caution so that

they do not find themselves overstanding the mark. It can be disheartening

to spend a long time sailing on tack that is not the making tack and is not

pointing the boat towards the windward mark, but equally boats do not want

to be on the wrong side of the shifts, it is a very difficult call to make.

On current projections class 2 boats will round Muckle Flugga around 0400 –

0500 on Friday. Class 1 will be a good few hours before and class 3 will

be behind that.

So for class 1 the lift on starboard may not happen for them. but they will

experience the wind veer to NW and on Wednesday afternoon.

For class 3 boats who will be later there are more issues to consider. The

wind is likely to start backing round to 345 from 1200 on Friday and the

wind is predicted to drop to 10 knots or lower during Friday afternoon

before picking up again and backing to W and then SW on Friday night.

*What will happen when boats get round the top?*

This suggests class 1-3 boats may well get another session of beating into

the wind at some point once they get around the top. (but hopefully this

will not last too long, we will see?)

#rorcsrbi

Chris Radford

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.... in rounding Muggle F(l)ugga.

After such a flying start and run towards Peterhead in 48 hrs the 150nm beating upwind towards Lamba Ness and Muckle Flugga is testing morae.

Boat just tacked without any order to do so.

As I was getting ready for keeping watch.

And so ruined myy fresh made coffee.

As to mention an example.

Wind is much less but a confused sea is till in place which makes sleeping difficult.

BANG!

Nonetheless, we are sailing in beautiful waters. Clear sky with clear moonlight.

And rains of falling stars.

Had a large group of fifteen or so Dolphins playing around the boat yesterday afternoon.

Intelligent animals. I'm sure that when they come up alongside the cockpit they see you and at least hear my whistle. They lasted for more than half an hour. Swimming ahead of the boat, underneath, staboard, jump, underneath, port, jump. As if they were wav

ing. If we were not in a race, I would have jumped in and joined them for the game!

with laughter from 60nm SE off Fair Isle,

Bart (Zzzzzt) & JanKees

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Bart Boosman's famous omelette (breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, whenever)

1. onions

2. onions

3. Red Leicester (cheddar)

4. eggs

5. peper & salt

6. onions

The cooking is acrobatics. But, both Bart and I, prefer shaken. Not stirred.

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Edinburgh on port side.

Reef in reef out.

Ballast in, ballast out.

Bunk in, bunk out.

Even been under double reefed main and staysail.

Morale fair to good.

Breakfast imminent.

Coffee soon.

Outlook for the next 24 hours:

See if we can go trough the low center and pick up other flow than NW.

Prepare for a bit of beating and hammering.

Fun.

Sssssjjjjtt, Bart sleeps.

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