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Captain’s Blog – 11.08.09 Fastnet Race 2009
......and the dish RAN away with the spoon. RAN currently leading on handicap with ICAP Leopard lying 5th. An exciting night on board. Not quite Edna Everidge at the Hammersmith Palais, but more cries of left and right from the nav station, you would think you were in Mike Tyson’s training camp. We rounded the Fastnet Rock at 01.26 this morning ‘by the light of the silvery moon’ some 35 miles ahead of Beau Geste and RAN. Always a memorable event, rather like my first kiss on Porthchapel Beach!
Chance for a chat with the gorgeous ‘stop calling me’ Shirley Robertson, she of the double Olympic Golds who was the RORC’s siren on the Rock. A big thanks to the RORC team who will endure a long wait in Plymouth before this race is over as most of the fleet is still trying to get round Land’s End. Currently we are 40 miles ahead and slowly stretching our lead sailing at 10 knots on an easterly gybe having decided to keep close to the rhumb line and sticking to that old maxim. Sorry, can’t think of one, too long at sea and the alzheimers is kicking in.
Our ETA in Plymouth is Wednesday morning. Crew are telling wives and girlfriends that it will be Thursday, all hoping for a good night out in Plymouth ‘on the Hoe'.
Love to family and friends,
Mike and all on Leopard