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2014 Blogs

Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish

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… they are often wrong!

So yesterday I talked about lighter winds around 15 knots at the start.

Hmmmm!! seems like Bertha is keeping her presence felt for longer than

predicted and the boats all shot off in 20-30 knot winds this morning.

They are now experiencing 30 knots plus along the South Coast.

I mentioned there would be a lot of 20-25 knots and this remains true but

for the time being until Bertha has moved further north and declined a bit

the wind looks set to stay stronger than this. The next sign of the wind

slackening for class 1-3 boats is around Tuesday morning with a brief

reduction to 20 knots, but then the wind builds again and will be back in

the 25+ knot area until Wednesday morning when winds could be down to 15

knots in places but may still be 30 knots depending on where they are in

the North Sea.

I also mentioned about the reach and windward leg up to Shetland and the

benefits of keeping to a shorter route and hanging on the left of the

fleet. This could well be wrong as well. (As you might expect for a

prediction for 3 days hence). Bertha is headed North and then NW and looks

to be centered over Shetland by Tuesday afternoon or early evening. After

that the centre of the low heads SE back to the southern tip of Norway. It

looks set to arrive off the SW coast of Norway just SW of Stavanger around

Thursday afternoon. Given the wind rotates clockwise round a low this

means that if the boats continue to make fast progress on Tuesday and

Wednesday and the low follows this track, there will be an opportunity to

go right and go to the east of the low pressure and then catch a SE flow

round the top of the low pressure that the boats can ride all the way to

Shetland. this looks quicker than fighting up the west side of the low

where the wind will be NW and N.

However if the boats are not as quick as I am expecting or the low pressure

comes SE earlier. Then boats would be best on the left hand side of the

track. So the navigators will be pondering this dilemma. They will be

tracking the weather systems and their own rate of progress. We could see

a divergence in the choices made by the skippers of different boats.

Either way we can expect the middle of the fleet to be rounding Muckle

Flugga on Thursday. The race is still looking like it will be fast in

first half of the course. These decisions will make a big difference.

N.B. The scenario for the fast Volvo boats will look different, from this

they will arrive in this area12- 24 hours earlier than class 1-3 boats.

They will be in a different race from IRC classes 1-3.

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Chris Radford

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Jerry Freeman learned that one first has to finish to finish 1st.

Difficult enough to keep all parts

together in rough weather of today.

First retirements due to damage are a

pity. We're glad we could repair ours.

Under code0 in Gull Stream off Ramsgate.

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Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail

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> 11 August 17:50 local time:

> SIDNEY GAVIGNET (FRA) - Skipper Musandam-Oman Sail

> ALL GOING GOOD ONBOARD MUSANDAM-OMAN SAIL, Boys ok, Good mood.

> J1 blew out, managed to furl it clean. No more J1.

> We can see close to 40 knts ahead for approx 5 hours and then it should be ok.

>

> Happy camp, almost over 30 knts all the time from start.

> Boat in good shape except J1.

>

> Going to bed.

> Cheers.

>

> Sid

>

> --------------------------------------------

> TWS = 26

> TWD = 229

> TWA = 125

> BAROMETER = mbars

> MAINSAIL REEF (0,1,2,3)= 2

> JIB/GEENACK = J2

> WAVE/SWELL MANIABILITY (0,1,2,3=ok), DIRECTION & HIGHT =

> SLEEP (0,1,2,3=good) = STARTING WATCHSYSTEM

> --------------------------------------------

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The Sailing Logic crew on Scarlet Logic are currently just off Eastbourne,

and are leading class IRC2 and are 5th in IRC Overall at the present time.

Crew member Simon who has self-appointed himself as the onboard media

representative, and has authored all the previous blog posts has continued

to send us race updates - so far their top speed has been 20.7 knots

whilst goose-winging! Phenomenal! Ross commented this is the equal fastest

the boat has ever gone!

Ross reports that they had the kite up for the start and were first over

the line. They watched British Soldier broach about 10 times, so Scarlet

opted for the poled-out headsail and are making fast and controlled

progress.

Simon reports "Still hitting 19 knots surfing down waves in the sunshine.

Lots of white water all around. Nearly lost my fingers feeding Ross a

sandwich as he couldn't take hands off the wheel. Just hit 20.1 knots

again. Brilliant toffee and walnut cake thanks to Barry's wife! On our

way towards Royal Sovereign lighthouse J"

The crew have been preparing all summer for the 1800 NM circumnavigation

of the British Isles, which is estimated to take 12-14 days. Saturday

afternoon was spent prepping the boat and loading up two-weeks worth of

food, which Simon remarked 'looked as though they have loaded an entire

supermarket on board!"

The 11 adventurers consists of Skipper Ross Applebey and first mate Mark

Burton, joined by Barry Holman and Richard Walsh (both of whom are

experience offshore racers, have completed the Fastnet Race amongst others

previously with Sailing Logic), Timmy Becker, known to burst spontaneously

into song on board to lift morale, Jess Fries, Jen Linkova & Martin Ziacek

who joined us for the Spring Series as well as some new faces to Sailing

Logic including Simon Moffat and Helen Ruud and last minute crew-recruit

Iain Randall who completed the Round Britain and Ireland race with Sailing

Logic in 2010.

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