Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race 23 August 2006 -Morning Press Release
23 August, 2006 11:44:00 AM BST | Racetime 15:17:44:00
At a little after 2200 hrs last night (Tuesday) Simon Harwood brought his Prima 38, Talisman, across the finish line at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes to complete the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race in an estimated time of 16 days 7 hours, 8 minutes and 1 second. It had been a tough last 36 hours for the Talisman crew with some vicious tidal gates and a lack of wind but with the smell of the finish line in their nostrils, the team had a chance to reflect on the race saying:
Our fortunes have changed! A north-westerly kicked in last night and carried us past Dover and along the Kent coast as far as Beachy Head just shy of Briton. Characteristically the wind died at lunchtime and for a moment we drifted back past Beachy Head on the tide. However, life is sweet again. The wind has backed to the south-west and we are charging toward the Isle of Wight at 7 knots. It's 15:30, we have 34 miles to go and the Isle of Wight has appeared on the horizon. All thoughts of sleep and the routine of the watch system have fallen away. All hands are on deck, there is an expectant buzz of anticipation in the air and Duncan is watching the GPS like a hawk, counting down each mile with triumphant relief.
The Talisman crew also put together a list of observations that should make important reading for anyone attempting the race in the future:
- Never go sailing without a waterproof sleeping bag
- If in doubt bring more gas
- Keeping Duncan's blood sugar levels up is critical to the success of a night watch and overall team moral
- Wet wipes are wasted on babies
- Muckle Flugga is a not a term of endearment.
- The British Mackarel stocks are thriving
- You can never carry too many spare blocks
- Never believe prevailing wind
- Never sail north of Watford
- Always consult Simon Harwood before provisioning your yacht for a 2-3 week voyage (the food has been magnificent).
Crew-member Alistair Heggie also took time to thank the boat's supporters saying: On behalf of the crew thank you for following us around Great Britain and Ireland. Looking back we can consider ourselves a little unfortunate. 12.5 out of our 15 days a sea have been close hauled beating into winds of varying strengths. Considering the attrition rate we are proud to have completed the course with boat and crew intact.
Meanwhile out on the racecourse just two boats are left Penny Pariso's Murray 41, Predator of Wight and Kieran Jameson's Sigma 38, Changeling who are both making steady progress to the finish beneath shower clouds and moderate westerly breezes. Predator has a little over 25 miles left to run whilst Changeling is some 55 miles off the finish line with both boats expected back in Cowes this afternoon and evening. The Predator crew sent the following message saying: Just passed the Owers at 1015. We could murder a pintget the bitter and the porky scratchings primed in Cowes!
Kieran Jameson sent the following text message this morning to update on their progress saying: We passed Beachy Head at 0830 with all onboard very well and still laughing but we would welcome the finish line with open arms!
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