Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race 22 August 2006 -Afternoon Web Update
22 August, 2006 5:09:00 PM BST | Racetime 14:23:09:00
Breaking News: Talisman just 30 miles from the finish. It has been a tough afternoon for the remaining three yachts in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race as they head for home battling against the strong tides along the South Coast of Britain with thoughts turning to warm, dry beds and perhaps a beer or two! This evening Simon Harwood's Prima 38, Talisman, was an agonising 30 miles from the finish line off the Royal Yacht Squadron and is hoping for favourable conditions to get home before last orders this evening whilst for Penny Parisos, Predator of Wight and Kieran Jameson's Changeling they will be looking at another night at sea at the very least with over 100 miles left to go.
The news from on board Predator however was upbeat with the crew sending a text message this afternoon saying: "Well now the 0.6 reacher has just blown out leaving us the 1.5 or a pair of underpants! The crew are getting a little grizzly as food and water have been rationed and there's only a few more meals left before it's a diet of porridge, porridge and more porridge! Would you kindly get a message to our wonderful better halves to prepare for our arrival and make us feel at home by throwing a bucket of water on our sides of the bed and tip our tea/coffee over after weve had a few mouthfuls and once in a while shout "trim!" Oh yes and how about a nice big bowl of porridge for dinner..!"
As the race comes to its conclusion the RORC will continue to bring daily updates and position reports from the boats highlighting the highs and lows of this premier coastal yacht race. All yachts competing in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race have been fitted with a tracking device developed by the RORC in conjunction with OC Technology. Yacht positions will be updated half hourly and can be followed on the Royal Ocean Racing Club's dedicated micro site accessed via www.rorc.org
Quotes from the boats
Both Global Yacht Racing entries get around the course(c/o Global Yacht Racing newsroom) After an epic upwind battle for both the Global Yacht Racing entries in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race the crews are happy to be home. Incisor arrived at five am on Sunday morning and finished a respectable ninth over the line and eleventh in IRC overall. The crew had endured nearly two weeks of difficult living conditions onboard, with every bunk wet, and constant beating to windward gradually wearing them down. They all agreed though, that the tales they now had to tell were all worth it and after a few beers in the Anchor, Cowes they were recalling every minute with gusto, forgetting the vows to never step foot on an offshore race yacht again!
By contrast the All Girls Team arrived home jubilant, full of energy and singing! The team crossed the line as a symbolic gesture at 6:15 on Tuesday the 22nd, even though they had not officially been part of the race since pulling into Cork to make repairs just three days in. After their retirement the Marine Track race tracker proved to be a fantastic tool for all the friends and families following the girl's progress to keep track of their whereabouts. Their blogs and updates have been keeping their supporters entertained throughout their trip. They can be found at the Global Yacht Racing newsroom. These ten inspirational women are now continuing to fundraise for the UK charity Sail 4 Cancer to move ever closer to their goal of raising 100,000. There will be more parties and events planned up until Christmas. To donate to their campaign visit Sail 4 Cancer's website.