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Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish


Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Monday, 11 August 2014 18:57

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Looking at the boats out in front shows some of the early routing choices

and reveals the options available to the boats coming up behind. (Although

copying the leaders is not necessarily the right thing to do given that

slower boats are slower and arrive a different time.)

Oman Multihull kept close inshore all the way round until Lowestoft and

then has headed straight up the Rhumb line taking the shortest distance to

Muckle Flugga

Most Volvo boats went inside Dogger Bank and then followed the passage

between the London Array and Galloper wind farms

Four of the Volvos went outside Dogger bank, then two went in between the

wind farms and two have gone to the East of Galloper wind farm and gone

right around the outside of all the hazards.

Azzam the leading boat took the inshore route and went in between the wind

farms. This was shortest but was probably more hazardous. TC 6 went

outside Dogger bank and in between the wind farms and is close on the tail

of Azzam.

Early signs are that after Lowestoft the leading Volvo boats are going on

the right hand side of the leg to Shetland. But it is too early to tell if

that is their plan.

More will be apparent about their plans by looking at the tracker later.

Chris Radford


Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail


Written by Crew member on OMA07 Musandam-Oman Sail Monday, 11 August 2014 17:01

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> 11 August 17:50 local time:

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


> 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




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


Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic


Written by Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic Monday, 11 August 2014 16:44

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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


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.


Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish


Written by Member of Support Team of Relentless on Jellyfish Monday, 11 August 2014 14:00

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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.


Kind regards

Chris Radford




Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse


Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Monday, 11 August 2014 13:39

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.... the repairs.

We smashed down and had to release all sheets to get her up her pumps

again. 2nd spreader punched a hole in the main. Just too late with the

main sheet and steer correction.

Code0 furled.

First reef in main.

Code0 up again.

Time to make this final plan that we carried out:

Code0 furled.

Genoa up.

Main down.

Wrestle trough 80m2 main to find the hole.

Dry the cloth, ungrease.

Glue patches on (both sides).

Thanks for this super strong and sticky repair cloth, Ian!

Main is up again.

Doing an average SOG of 12+kts with peaks of 20+ on gps.


2 baguettes, well deserved; Prawns/Brie (Bart) and Gruyere/Tuna (JanKees).

Bumpy start.

Lesson learned;

1. lee of Wight

2. should have set one reef in the lull of No Man's Fort

Spectacular sailing now on huge waves!


BTW Floris, we haven't seen any Opti's here yet.


Crew member on RSA23 Arwen


Written by Crew member on RSA23 Arwen Monday, 11 August 2014 12:51

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First few fast and furious hours

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Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse


Written by Crew member on NED7576 La Promesse Monday, 11 August 2014 11:58

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Knock down doing 22kts.

Main sail repaired.

All ok.

Chasing again.

Should be footage from heli on sevenstar site soon.

Sent from my iPhone


Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen


Written by Crew member on GER5555 Bank von Bremen Monday, 11 August 2014 11:34

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It was a good start, brilliant Genackerweather; unfortunaly our Genackerbeam

broke, so we can use just centerline,now wesail with 15kn! Great


Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier


Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Sunday, 10 August 2014 15:48

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British Soldier RB&I Race Report 2

Latest news: With the engine running and lines about to be cast off, we just heard that the race has been postponed to 0900 on Monday 11 Aug. The following was issued from the race office:

"The Race Committee have taken the decision to postpone the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014. The Race Committee took this decision after receiving advice that the low pressure system known as Bertha is moving more slowly than previously predicted, with the result that the forecast winds for the start and the immediate period afterwards includes sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts in excess of 50 knots in the English Channel. The advice is that this delay will allow time for the severe winds to abate as the low pressure system moves North East. "

Therefore, the British Soldier crew are shortly relocating to the Anchor for a pub lunch! Although we will be heading out for a last practice sail this afternoon, to at least take the opportunity to put the storm sails up again. Whilst slightly frustrated at a delay, as we are all keen to get going, on the other hand there is a due sense that the postponement is probably sensible given the slightly stronger forecast.

Phil Caswell


British Soldier

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Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier


Written by Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier Sunday, 10 August 2014 15:45

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British Soldier RB&I Race Report 1

We currently sit in Shepherd Wharf Marina, Cowes, listening to a lot of rain beating down on the decks! The race brief last night was short and to the point: the course has been reversed to anti clockwise, so instead of an initial slog to windward in a SW 6-8 we have the opposite; and it seems 3 low pressure systems are conspiring to give us some strong winds for the next 7 days or so. We are relishing the thought of a downwind sleigh ride, at least for the first few days - the last time the boat was in these conditions under white sails alone we were surfing at 23 knots! Although some caution will be required, with gusts of severe gale 9 forecast in the channel. All in all, we can't wait to get started at 1200!

Phil Caswell


British Soldier

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