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Crew member on GBR3L Me Julie

The crew of Kabestan Sailing Yacht Club yacht 'Me Julie' are raising money

and awareness of Hamble independent Lifeboats need for a new boathouse.

The independent station is not part the RNLI nor supported by them.

However the crew must train exactly the same way. They must also raise

funds themselves. Did you know that 26% of the countries lifeboats are

completely independent?

The intention of our Russian crew is to raise awareness of this as well as

try to raise some much needed cash for a new boathouse. The current

station is just big enough for the boat, let alone crew. They have no

toilet or shower facilities or changing facilities. Often they change

outside in all weather. Please give generously when you see our guys in

Plymouth.

Crew member on GBR8872R Challenger 2

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Fastnet Rack Wrap.

For Challenger 2 crew, whether a passion, a pilgrimage or a part of dream,

the Fastnet Race holds a fascination, it's a mission for this amazing team.

A race has brought together this motley crew taking part.

An adventure, not because it is there, but because they can, and we start.

Now we compete.

We have practised our safety drills and hope to not use them; we have honed

our evolutions and readily complete them.

Adopting the sailor lifestyle takes time aboard. We follow the sea regs. and

find our sea legs, we eat and sleep at 45 degrees and adapt accordingly.

The constant checks on well being and 'humorous' jibes from the skipper and

mates keep each of us smiling and safe.

24 hours in and we are as the Skipper says 'so hot', we rock.

We can see others around us, often behind us, and those whom we can't see

and down South in another sea.

And so the passage plans alter because the weather dictates so, and

decisions are made to alter the way we will go. Rip it apart, be smart, set

the pace, game is on.

Of course this is secret and cannot be shown, look on the yellow box if you

are at home!

Adam Tuffnell

Skipper - STV Challenger 2

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Crew member on GBR7950R Loco

Welcome to the Team Loco first blog post for Fastnet 2013. We're only on

day 2 and we've already celebrated a birthday (cake isn't the easiest

thing to slice an distribute with leather man), spotted a few dolphins,

along with a turtle and a roast chicken... but to be fair the latter two

may have been seen in the clouds. We're about to make our way around the

Scilly Isles and so far we've sailed without any drama at all (aside from

discovering there's no milk on board and thimble sized rations of diet

coke... We're fairly sure the audible gasps were heard in Plymouth around

10pm last night at watch changeover). Sailing last night under a very dark

sky barely lit by the new moon which sat low on the horizon made for

instinctive helming, guided by pretty savvy navigation and an alert crew

on spotting duty for fishing trawlers and huge tankers. The dark sky made

the incredible phosphorus show around Loco even more magical though. The

crew are all happy ('milk gate' aside) and healthy. Today has been sunny

and spirits are high. We're all looking forward to putting a tack in to

head up to the rock! We'll update you tomorrow. Team Loco

Crew member on GBR8872R Challenger 2

Day 1

Fin Proctor

Spirits were high as the crew awoke to light winds and sunshine on the first

day, breakfast was the usual (a couple of cups of tea followed by cereal)

then the morning brief lead by our skipper Adam during which he explained

how the start would work and how this was the real thing so it was time to

get our "race faces" on.

The crew emerged on the deck of our Tall Ships Challenged 72 wearing our new

OneFathom team t-shirts and jackets and looking smart. After a couple of

hours preparing the boat we slipped lines and headed out of Cowes for the

offshore safety inspection. I had been assigned as designated photographer

and proceeded to clamber round the boat trying not to get in the way of any

of the headsail changes or tacking paraphernalia. I have to say I was quite

nervous at the start, all the excitement and anticipation had all come down

to this moment. The start was good and the crew had great energy, as a

result we were the first 72 out of the Solent and past Needles.

Skips notes: First 24 at sea

Cracking team who have done nothing than lift spirits and game to the max.

Will send some of Fin's images when get a signal, facebook.com/onefathom

will be the place to view. Chicken madras the first meal afloat went down a

treat with 'dippings' keeping all moving!

Adam Tuffnell

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Crew member on NED118 Winsome

1st day in Rolex Fastnet Race, cooling down from Aberdeen Cowes Week

Winsome was still warm from the days of 7 racing in Aberdeen Cowes Week, when we started on Sunday 11th of August the Rolex Fastnet Race at 12:30 local time.

We had a reasonable start close to the Committee Boat at the Northern side of the start line. Reima could keep us clear from a big cluster of IRC-4 boats including Jolie Brise. We believe there have occured some soft touches with Jolie Brise. She simply entered a group of starting boats from behind, but could not do anything to slow down because of her inertia, being much greater than the other very light boats in front of her. Well we could not really see it well, but there was no X-Ray flag nor any protests.

The start was like one of our Cowes Week' starts i.e. a start to the West, against the tide. so we went well in the shore close to Quinnell and because it was high water with 4 meters above astronomical water level, we felt confident to pass the dry falling land NW of Lepe Spit. Still I kept an uneasy feeling since the depth meter showed different figures than I had calculated. In spite of carefull navigation we touched the bottom in the entrance of the Beaulieu River just North of Mark 3G [of course Seventar Yacht Transport Buoy] during a tack but we got going again in two seconds or so. We stayed on the Mainland shore but we had to let Wasabi and Foggy Dew go. They had an advantage on us at Hurst Castle of 0,5 Nm.

Winds wers 11 to 18 knots. We encountered short and steep waves after passing Bridge Buoy at the Needles. Pretty bad for a heavy duck like Winsome. Fortunately we could pass Bill of Portland before the tide turned, but we have observed on AIS some daring -ore should I say unlucky- boats who came too close to Bill of Portland and had to negotiate this pasage at speeds of 1 to 2 knots only. Perhaps this happened to Iromiguy since we know very well how well this boat is sailed by Yves Jean Chateau and his crew, since writing this blog on Monday noon, he is more than 25 Nm behind us. Still we know this boat cannot be discounted before it is moored in Plymouth.

We have lost Wasabi and Foggy Dew. They are some 10 Nm in front of us and we keep on having unfriendly waves all along the race. By the time we could make contact with the Leader Board I nearly fainted when I saw Jolie as 1st boat on calculate time and Winsome 27th. Now a couple of hours later things do still not look brilliant, but better. Jolie Brisie fell down from the leader board, Winsome was upgraded to 8th.

The wind is now dying. We are 25 Nm from Lizard Point so we hope being able to hunt Wasabi and Foggy Dew once in the Celtic Sea. Please realise that blind typing in Winsome with steep waves is very unpleasant, as a consequence I often loose parts I did type already.

Will be continued.

Harry Heist

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