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2014 Blogs

Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen

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Many greetings from the Bank of Bremen,

the first eventful 24 hours are behind us. The start was

just terrific. The backdrop of Cowes Regatta and a field with the well-

most spectacular ships has to offer at the offshore scene.

Under gennaker went out east to the Solent in 22 knots wind a

Bang interrupted our quick trip. Our bowsprit was broken in the middle of

the night!

It was improvised and soon in the meantime almost wind around 30 knots. We

had set the gennaker again.

In our first night we went in splendid Sailing conditions in cover the

coast. The full moon was witness to a

exciting head-to-head race with Haspa (Hamburg), we again within sight

had. Meanwhile, we have oil rigs around us had breakfast and

match on us to continue with the Haspa. Keep your fingers crossed!

The Round Britain Crew

Translate (Jens Oberbossel), sorry for my bad English !

THX, and the best greeting to England and the RORC

Mit nautischem Gru

Jens Oberbossel

Segelkameradschaft

"Das Wappen von Bremen" e.V.

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Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail

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SIDNEY GAVIGNET (FRA) - SKIPPER, MUSANDAM-OMAN SAIL

Approaching the turning point at the top of Scotland - we have full main and GNK now, every one was on deck to refuel the machine this morning!

Conditions are nice, sea got flatter and it is sunny. For the record - it will be tough, right now our routing tells me we are too slow ...

Cheers talk soon.

Sid

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Crew member on GBR5236R Rare

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So finally at sea after the 22hr postponement, two tearfull good byes, and a low pressure system sitting on our head.

It didnt seem like the wind had abaited by the time we left the dock at 0800hrs so taking our motto to heart ('its a bloody long way, lets be sensible') we opted for a reef and the underappricated jib top instead of a bright pink kite. Although it would have looked fantastic against the backdrop of the VOR65s. It was a good call though as we watched numerous boats broach spectacularly as we were systemtically overtaken by Oman flying two hulls and sending spray EEVERYWHERE, and the VORs lead by SCA.

As we left the solent we were about to shake the reef whilst being watched by Beken of Cowes, but were quickly stopped by a gust of over 30kts. so we left it in... This was a great choice as when the helli crew popped around us, the downdraft was insane. All caught on GoPro as well.

Keeping the JT and 1 reef was a fantastic idea (as we still have it up) as we caught up a number of the smaller boats before rounding Dungeness at 1930 with 30-40+kts of wind in huge seas! This of course lead to whoops of joy and terror as the helm momentarially went light.

The rest was a bit of a blur as the Curry provided by Evaq8 was just divine. That and we didnt get much sleep dodging the windfarms and shallow areas.

Well, that what we've already been up to hopefully its plain sailing from now on... Doubt it though as there is another low incoming!

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Awesome Racing! Its rather windy and wavy out here. Thank goodness for the

reverse course!

Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen

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we had a great time during the first day & night.

Some problems including a broken Genackerpole, but with this wind we go

fast, all TSS behind us, now 444nm to the next Waypoint in Shetlands.

Last night it was saling at the best seeing in a clear night the lights

ashore.

From the racing fleet we see "Haspa Haburg" close to us.

On board all crew is fine.

Dinner is served cockpit with dryfood, so we just need a spoon.

Carol from Bank von Bremen

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