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Crew member on SWE1929 SCA


Written by Crew member on SWE1929 SCA Friday, 15 August 2014 10:21

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Day 1: Hold onto your hats!

Happy Monday and welcome back to the office! Today, you might be working

on the latest report or answering phone calls, or you might even be

enjoying a nice caramel macchiato at your desk in your dry office. For us,

our Monday is a little different and way more wet! Currently, Team SCA,

along with four other Volvo 65s: Team Alvimedica, Team Campos, Abu Dhabi

Ocean Racing, and Team Dongfeng are sending it east along the southern

English coast in the Seven Star RORC Round Britain and Ireland Race. This

is the first time SCA will be racing most of the boats in an offshore

situation. The 1,850nm race was supposed to start yesterday, however it

was postponed 21 hours because of Hurricane Bertha. Its Round Britain and

Ireland take two, we still have the same weather system but its less

violent. We are happy we are racing today and not just in survival mode,

Sam said.

Big Bertha may have moved on but she has left plenty of wind behind her

for us to race in. Team SCA had an incredible start, pulling ahead of the

fleet and leading the pack down the Solent, past the Forts. Buzzing off

the fantastic start, the girls got down to business to sail SCA hard and

fast, proving quickly that time and practice does pay off. It has been all

about timing for us, but we are staying ahead of the others with sail

choice, taking any moment to capitalize on the wind and tide. Currently,

we have one reef in the mainsail and mountains of white water crashing

over the bow, we are all smiles as our boat is averaging low twenties.

We hope your Monday is just as good as ours!


Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse


Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Friday, 15 August 2014 00:57

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Been there, seen it, done it!


With who?

With Bart!

In 2006 clockwise, daylight, to win RWYC Shetlands RBI in class en 2nd overall behind Michel Kleinjans.

And now anti clockwise, pitch dark (that rock must be somewhere there).

Exciting! An island in darkness is scary. It feels so close you can touch it. Although the chart says you're 8 miles offshore.

Big holes and high mountains sea.

Chicken curry and 'borrelnootjes' for dinner.

Socks do smell.


Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier


Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Thursday, 14 August 2014 20:26

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British Soldier RB&I Race Report 5

as at 2359 wed 13 aug

The highlight of the day had to be the sumptious cheese board for lunch,

including chutneys and tesco's finest biscuits. The smell from the fridge

was overpowering even the smell of Will's feet so the cheese had to be

eaten urgently! Life on a very bumpy port tack at 20 degrees heel heading

into a 20-30 knot wind has taken its toll on living down below. Sitting at

the chart table involves paddling in the puddle at your feet. Everything

is wet including sleeping bags - not great for morale! Every 2 hours sees

an olympic gymnastic performance from someone exiting their bunk and

putting on waterproofs. Oh and there's still lots of tweaking of sails and

reefing in and out being done too! On the plus side Matt Barnes hasn't

been sick for 12 hours now... they don't make Paras like they used to .

In other news the crew have now nicknamed Phil 'Sharpe' where most of his

crew marches on paper while the chosen few march on to Scotland!



British Soldier

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Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish


Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:21

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The wind in the North Sea on the race track did not follow the forecast and

has been reluctant to veer from NW to N as predicted. As a result we have

seen a number of boats pushing a long way to the right of the course as

they try to find the best route with the shortest distance to Shetland

(Scarlet Oyster, Rare and Relentless have all been pushing a long way N.

As I look at the tracker all three of the boats have tacked in the past 3

hours and all are following a track that is WNW and I am sure each will be

hoping for the promised wind veer so they get a lift on Starboard that

carries them into the windward mark at Muckle Flugga.

East of Shetland we expect the wind will veer to 020 until Midnight.

But then the swing will reverse and the wind will start to back round back

to 350 until 1000 on Friday. But after Midday on Friday we expect the wind

to start backing further round ending up at 240 sometime after 2200 on

Friday as a new low pressure system pushes down from Iceland.

By 2200 on Friday the new low will be centred 63 28.00N and 018 43.00W.

By 1300 on Saturday we expect this new low will have moved SE and be

centred on the Faroe Islands. This will be the dominant influence on the

race for Classes 1-3 producing a powerful SW flow around 20-25 knots.

See the charts on this page

All crews will be reviewing which is the making tack and trying to find the

best way up this windward leg.

After they round the top, the boats may have been hoping for another spell

of downwind, but as a result of the low pressure system that is approaching

from Iceland they will have to wait a bit for that. This low will push the

wind into a Southwesterly direction from Friday evening to Saturday

evening. After that as the low moves further E we expect the wind to start

veering again and the boats will be reaching past the Western Isles of

Scotland before a further veer and a return to downwind sailing.

Chris Radford


Crew member on GER6700 Varuna


Written by Crew member on GER6700 Varuna Thursday, 14 August 2014 15:15

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Since the start , where 5 minutes before the start gun we broke one of

the steering weels till today was busy and some jobs to do onboard

Varuna, sail changes,sail reparir sails, composite repair and in general

keeping the boat fast and in one pieze , nothing exceptional in a

offshore race like this one. Probably, as a offshore navigator the

course of this race in more stressfull and give you less rest as very

often you have to round some point , that mean change course and gears

to keep the boat fast , the interior is a bit messy with 12 crew in a 50

footer but we need the human power to fight agains the kanting keel

boats, sometimes I miss to press the red botton and start earaing the

noice of the hidraulic keel ramp moving some tons to the side, The last

few hours was a fast and easy sail downwind and we hope to keep like

that almost till the finish




Crew member on GBR5236R Rare


Written by Crew member on GBR5236R Rare Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:58

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6.15am on day4, and I awake to a gentle 12-15knot NNW, overcast but bright. A respite from the first 3 days of weather.

The first chores are completed this morning. Most importantly the cabin floor is now dry for the time being. A few assorted pasties, pork pies and the contents of 4 pints of cheesey milk walked the plank and now likely on route back to the UK via your next cod and chips !!

After 5 years of great service it seems Dubarry have activated the "Replace boots now" button. Bit of a problem, wet boots and socks or flip flops; how long does it take to develop trench foot? Needless to say the boat has developed an unpleasent odour.

Tracking North all day on the breeze. Sun has been out :) and as much drying as possible undertaken. 1600 hours, 100 miles to the turn. Waiting for the breeze to go North and then we will tack across. Weird we are now closer to Norway than the UK........ where's that navigator !!!!

As we approach the turn a big HELLO to James my nephew who is currently back in hospital due to cancer. Keep fighting little fella !!

If anyone can support our race fundraising for the childrens cancer charity CLIC Sargent that would be fantastic. or search Ian Hoddle on JustGiving. THANK YOU.


Ian & Conrad



Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic


Written by Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic Thursday, 14 August 2014 09:38

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Drama on board Scarlet Logic at 09:30hrs today as we hear a rescue helicopter coming close by who call us up on Channel 16. First thought was that someone had accidentally set off a Personal Locator Beacon or our EPIRB had activated.

We were requested to go to Channel 67 used by the emergency services.

Relief when they said they wanted to do a training run and put a winchman on board. The helicopter was a Bond Air G-REDP based on the Miller Oil Rig. The heli hovered in our wake blasting the waves flat and creating a large circular area of sea foam.

Luckily we were on port tack so we did not have to interrupt our racing line. Andrew Cowx the winchman was rapidly lowered down on a high line accurately landing on Scarlet's port aft quarter to shake hands and wave to the crew.

After a few minutes chat with Ross and the crew and and friendly banter with Helen, and all of us taking photos and videos he called the heli back in.

With amazing speed he was winched back up into the open starboard side door of the heli and with a friendly wave the heli flew off with a training run very professionally accomplished.

Now its back to cleaning us and the boat and repairing sails whilst the winds are light.



Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail


Written by Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail Thursday, 14 August 2014 08:48

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Lying just over an hour from St Catherine's point at the moment - going pretty quickly still - we are pushing hard - everyone is upbeat!

Expecting it to get a bit lighter up ahead but still hopeful we can make it in in time for the record

Doing 28 odd knots at the moment with 50nm to go!!!


Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse


Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:57

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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.


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

La Promesse


Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier


Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:41

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British Soldier RB&I Race Report 4

As at 0400 Wed 13 Aug.

It has been a busy 24 hours! The highlight was the run across the Thames Estuary very early Tuesday morning, where we hoisted the A5 spinnaker in 12 knots of breeze, only to enjoy a thrilling ride as it gradually increased to 28-29 knots knots. George stole the limelight with some inspired helming, keeping the boat 100% upright until we were forced to drop the kite when the tweaker line snapped. Despite us all having been on deck for 20 hours, with only 5 in number, and in 30 knots, the drop was perfect! We passed Lowestoft at 0800 and cracked a bottle of champagne for the most easterly point on the course - giving Neptune a measure as well. Since then we have endured multiple rainy squalls and winds from 8 - 30 knots - many sail changes/reefs. We're currently running in SW 20-30 knots in some very uncomfortable swell, but nonetheless making good progress - although 347 miles remain to Muckle Flugga. And with the future forecast not being particularly favourable our 6+7th man's water rations may well come in handy after all....



British Soldier

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Crew member on GBR5236R Rare


Written by Crew member on GBR5236R Rare Wednesday, 13 August 2014 18:13

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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..


Ian and Conrad



Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish


Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Wednesday, 13 August 2014 13:28

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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


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?)


Chris Radford




Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail


Written by Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail Wednesday, 13 August 2014 07:48

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> Our second night out here - the moon is out, but covered by clouds.

> Sailing in 30 knts feels slow now, amazing how eventually we get used to anything!!

> Our boys are still keen and strong - the power of the spray makes it hard to look forward, but that doesn't stop them, each time we call from the helm for something, they are out of the caddy in seconds and ready to do what ever is needed. Luckily it is not too cold, not too warm either!!

> Level of rest is pretty good even if everyone was on deck to go around the Shetlands. We did a lots of manoeuvres.

> Musandam-Oman Sail is a fantastic tool to "educate" new offshore sailors: power, speed, apparent wind, all you need to train a big boat offshore sailor.

> We are blessed by the conditions, but it will not be enough I don't think to beat the blue giant (Banque Pop) - you wouldn't know it onboard though - we are still trying!

> Ok time to rest.

> Good night to you.


> Sid

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

> TWS = 19

> TWD = 230

> TWA = 115

> BAROMETER = mbars

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



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

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


Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse


Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Wednesday, 13 August 2014 05:13

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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.


Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse


Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Wednesday, 13 August 2014 03:09

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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.


Sssssjjjjtt, Bart sleeps.


Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish


Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Tuesday, 12 August 2014 21:45

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*What is a persistent shift?*

Anyone who has read race the sailing tactics manuals for a windward leg

will understand the significance of the statement, "It's a persistent

shift". Broadly it means that when you are on a tack sailing upwind to a

windward mark, and you experience a header, rather than tack on the header,

it can often pay to hang on as you get headed and make the last tack into

your windward mark at the last moment when you find the layline.

This is all fine in practice on a windward leeward inshore race with a leg

of 1.5 miles and you can see everything around you. It is a different

matter and much harder to judge when you have 300 miles to the windward

mark and you need to decide to tack with 50 miles still to go.

Classes 1-3 boats are currently reaching up the leg to Muckle Flugga in WSW

winds (15-25 knots) and as I write this they have 350 to 400 miles still to

go to get there. On current performance the Class 2 boats will round

Muckle Flugga around 2200 on Thursday 14th August (A level results day).

Class 1 will be a bit ahead and class 3 will be a bit behind.

*Weather Forecast*

The weather patterns remain dominated by the residue of Bertha. The eye of

the low pressure is currently over Shetland at 60 23.00N and 001 01.00W.

As predicted yesterday this low pressure now stops moving North, it

changes direction and starts to head SE by

- 1000 on Wednesday it will be around 58 40.7N and 000 19.00E

- 2000 on Wednesday it goes E to 58 08.0N and 002 51.00E (and has a

large area of very light variable wind to the North and E of the centre of

the low

- By 0400 on Thursday the centre of the low is just off south coast of

Norway 57 55.00N 005 25.00E

This winds that classes 1-3 can expect are broadly that it will stay above

20 knots WSW tonight until around Midday Wednesday. Then it will veer a

bit to 265 from 0800 and then drop to 15 knots from Midday and start

veering to 350 and dropping to 10 knots by 2100 on Wednesday. then from

0800 on Thursday it will stay due North but will build again to 20 knots.

It even builds to 25 knots and veers a bit further to 010 as the boats

approach Muckle Flugga around 2200 on Thursday.

*What happened today?*

At the moment the boats are on a reach. As this low pressure moves SSE the

wind will Veer to the NW and then to the N turning this leg up to Muckle

Flugga into a beat. The fast boats have been able to take advantage of the

winds to the north of the low pressure and went around the top of it to

get favourable winds on the approach to Muckle Flugga. The Class 1-3 boats

will be too late to do this, they will have to beat their way up to the

windward mark. But as I said, it looks like there will be a persistent

shift that will start to affect them from Midday Wednesday as the low moves

SSE and then E.

*What will the navigators and skippers be thinking about?*

This suggests that navigators will be focused on making as rapid progress

to Shetland as they can tonight by sailing at maximum speed directly to the

windward mark and covering as much distance as possible before they get

headed by the veering wind much later on Wednesday. As this header kicks

in they will be slowed down. But if the weather forecast is right and this

shift is a persistent shift will they continue to point their boats at the

windward mark or will they tack on the header. So the question will be

"when to tack".

Now the sail up wind becomes a standard windward leg. The winning boat

will be the one that judges the tacks right. If the wind delivers a

persistent shift from WSW to N then sailing into the header on port and

waiting to tack onto starboard only when it is clearly the making tack

seems like the conventional option. Anything else is quite a gamble, but

they may see things on the water that suggest alternatives. But tacticians

know you should take the pain early on in a persistent shift. they also

know you cannot be sure the shift is a persistent one, so it is a tricky


So I am sure the navigators will be watching other boats wherever possible

to see what they do as well. The most important thing in a race is to

remember you are not racing the wind, you are racing the other boats, the

relative position to other boats matters.

They will also be watching the weather forecasts to see if this persistent

shift will happen or will it change and lead to a different strategy.

More on this persistent shift tomorrow as the weather models get updated


Kind regards

Chris Radford


Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic


Written by Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:57

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At the end of day 2, Scarlet Logic are still leading Class 2 and have just passed Hull. Meanwhile the trimaran Oman-sail are on track to beat the course record having already rounded Muckleflugga - the most northerly point of the British Isles. And possibly the best named.

A number of retirees were announced yesterday as strong winds and big seas took their toll on less robust yachts. So far, Scarlet appears to be in good shape - with an onboard speed contest in place!

Crew member Simon reports "Last night, under a full moon we threaded our way through one outgoing and three incoming Dover ferries, they looked very massive compared to Scarlet Logic. With over 30 knots of wind we were surfing at around 16 knots when we ploughed into the wake of one of the ferries. Scarlet almost leapt out the water landing hard as she submarined into the next wave. A wall of water rolled along the deck into the main cockpit deluging the crew with explosive force. Ross hung on to the wheel, Scarlet shook off the water and we continued on.

A few moments later another we hardened up onto a power reach to pass inside Goodwin Sands. Sailing with the jibtop and one reef, a large wave lifted Scarlet and we surfed for some way throwing out a huge wall of spray to leeward. We touched an amazing 22.5 knots beating Ross's previous record for Scarlet of 21.5 knots!

We are now in sunshine, weaving our way through oil rigs off The Wash having passed a large wind farm of 30 turbines off Lowestoft. Eating cereal on the rail is no easy task in the 25 knots of wind we have now, it tends to blow off the spoon before reaching the mouth!

Having passed the Off Lowestoft Mark our next mark of the course is not until the Shetlands. We are seeing Fulmars and Gannets around us but no marine mammals yet"

Simon Moffat


Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen


Written by Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:04

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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


"Das Wappen von Bremen" e.V.


Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail


Written by Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:54

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A photo of the Musandam-Oman Sail team at Muckle Flugga- Shetlands, ahead of the record!!


Crew member on IRL3607 Lula Belle


Written by Crew member on IRL3607 Lula Belle Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:48

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Well first 24 hours over and we are very happy with the Boat. All is going

well. Very tough but rewarding night. Lula Belle equalled her 24 hour

record. 200 Miles in 24 hours. Miles per ship log not race course. First

time on North sea and got cracking introduction. Wind hit 42 knts at one

gust. Brian hit top speed 16.9 knts with only white sails up.

We are now hoping to make as much progress as we can up north. The real

test for us starts tomorrow when we expect winds of 20kns plus on nose.

How long we can handle that pounding will make or brake our race.

So for now spirits are high and we are pushing hard.



Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail


Written by Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:46

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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.



Crew member on FRA134 Stella Nova


Written by Crew member on FRA134 Stella Nova Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:34

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Its been a wild ride for our first 24 hours on STELLA NOVA and the fun is not over yet!

Talk about champagne sailing, its been awesome right from the start early yesterday morning and such a cool sight to be ripping along at 18 knots with the all the big boats sailing even faster past us as we raced up the Solent.

We were having an incredible battle with Concise and we were really impressed with their speeds (and ours!) throughout the day. We'd just caught back up with them when we noticed they'd changed course and then found out they were retiring. We also saw that Cat Phone is stopped. This is a real shame, we were looking forward to close racing with those guys all the way around the isles.

For now our sail plan of choice is one (or two) reefs in the main, the staysail and the Code 0. We've seen between 28 and 35 knots of breeze pretty much all the time, the boat is loving the conditions and hauling the mail.

We sailed some of yesterday afternoon with the kite up but it got a bit squally which took away the breeze and slowed us down for a few hours. The squalls were dangerous with the kite so we replaced it with the Code 0 which we've had up ever since. The waves are huge and we quickly found its much easier to drive around them and keep up speed with the zero.

We've been keeping an eye on the currents as well as the breeze and when we were closer to shore we could easily see how they were affecting the sea state with the waves becoming a lot steeper and much harder to drive through.

We had an incident earlier yesterday when we noticed the medium jib had a rip at the very top. We don't know how it happened so we've rolled it up and left it for the time being. Its an easy fix but to fix it means going up the rig to untie it and get it down, so we're going to wait for more moderate conditions and a flatter sea state. For now its not affecting anything we do and if we need to we can use the small jib. Apart from that the boat is in great shape, its totally dry inside which is a huge luxury - its just when we're driving we get the hose down.

For the moment our course is taking us quite far east because the Code 0 it won't let us come up as much as we would like, but we're not worried because we're confident we'll eventually get lifted the further north we go.

Apart from at the start we haven't really seen any other boats out here. We noticed Varuna sneek by us but it took us a while to figure out who it was. We imagine the VOR65 must be having a good battle and we were thinking of the guys on the MOD in the big breeze last night.

Moral is onboard is really good, we're all working hard but enjoying the ride and really enjoying the boat. We have two watch teams; Skipper Burkhard is on watch with Alex and I am on watch with Max, (Burkhard's 15 year old son). Max is doing really well, he's done some offshore sailing before and he sails F18 at home in Germany so he's no slouch. Driving conditions are tough so he can't drive all the time but we had a great moment at about 3am last night when I had him at the helm in 35 knots of breeze and he hit 20.6 knots of boat speed in the light of the super moon!



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Written by Crew member on GBR5236R Rare Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:11

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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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Written by Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:41

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> Hi there!

> Great north sea! Grey and silver, very special.

> Had a strong night but all ok. Sometimes it is better to sail fast, she (Musandam-Oman Sail) goes better through the waves. When we slow down we hit the waves harder.

> Amazing experience for Sami and Yasser our most recent Omani crewmates on the MOD! We are slow in maneuvers during the night, we are missing proper racing training, but great to have Damian (Foxall) a solid partner! Jan (Dekker) had forgotten how it feels to go so fast for so long, he said!

> Not too long before rounding the top, but will have to go through the edge of the low.

> We are missing the J1, so it is touchy now with J2 and GNK, must be gentlesort of

> Ok, talk later

> Sid

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

> TWS = 20

> TWD = 230

> TWA = 115

> BAROMETER =mbars

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



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

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


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Written by Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:35

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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


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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Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:36

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..... it is.

Seriously tough.

Sea seems outrageous.

Crossed Arwen this morning just as their spinnaker halyard broke. Spectacular sight but pity and trouble and a lot of work for their crew.

They surprised us with a dead down wind course under spi.

We're carrying one reef and staysail. Doing 9-11kts over ground AWA 65deg.

280nm to Peterhead.

Outlook of WNW7 and even N later is a bit scary.

For that leg we wish we'd stepped on an 80 foot Wally.

With a library and a dryer.

We're fine. Good watch and sleeps.

Pasta Bolognese, Rice Cashew and Cruesli for Breakfast.

JanKees & Bart


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Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:10

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British Soldier RB&I Race Report 3

As at 1900hrs Monday 11th August:

So we're sailing along the English Channel downwind with 2 reefs and the 3.5 up, topping out at around 17 knots boatspeed, seeing wind speeds of 25-34 knots. The A5 was huge fun for the first few hours of the race but we couldn't carry it when the wind piped up to 30 knots.

It's been a mixed bag today; Craig unfortunately couldn't join us, due to a last minute commitment, and we're having to stop at Dover quickly to drop Andy at A+E as he has a dislocated shoulder after a heavy broach. So, we're down to 5 now, really disappointed to lose Andy and Craig but hoping that no more will leave us...!

We had a couple (!) of interesting broaches that have put a small tear in the mainsail that we are going to fix. The skipper is happy though as with 2 less crew we can lose 70kg of drinking water on board! Down below is already smelling 'aromatic' but morale is high and we're all looking forward to turning left and heading for the top.

Will Naylor


British Soldier

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Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Monday, 11 August 2014 23:19

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Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Monday, 11 August 2014 20:37

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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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Written by Crew member on GBR5236R Rare Monday, 11 August 2014 20:27

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

reverse course!


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