Please find attached some Fotos from our Fastnet rounding.
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You should be in 3G Range for a good portion of the race, fair sailing!
Please find attached some Fotos from our Fastnet rounding.
Boat - Wakey Wakey
Sail No. 5909R
One of the many things missed from the blogs.. in addition to the roast
beef we also provided a vegan option for the duration of the race... Except
it turns out for the RORC party on Friday evening... if there is no chance
from this morning then there is no Vegan option available.
Picture included to show it's possible whilst at sea.
So much joy and happy sailors when fist back on shore. Looking forward to
a good party this evening.
Barney's weather runes have finally come good and all current weather information appears to be aligned. After the frustrations of earlier we hit Lizard Point just after 1900.
Early onset bonkerness appears to have set in and Skippy has definitely skipped. There is singing and dancing and chanting and laughing. Skips has scaled the dizzy heights of the boom to deliver a quasi sermon on the nautical mount. So much is our end. We scared off an overtaking french boat who, deciding we were all doolally-tat clearly detoured 50degrees downwind and headed for the hills.
Just off the Lizard we sailed through the mother-pod of dolphins, cloud of seagulls and, I presume, a bait ball of mackerel or some other poor unsuspecting fish. Pretty awesome stuff that just topped off a pretty awesome day.
Round the point, we ignored the peer-pressure of 80 other boats hotting up inshore to head low through the line of anchored ships. Another superb leg with team trim working their super special magic to fly the kite as tight as a tight thing in tight season with tight bits on.
We waited in anticipation for the rune-predicted drop and lift in wind which would serve our purposes for a jaunty angle into Plymouth and slow down our nearest and dearest competition. At about 2300 the weather fairies delivered. The tactics were brilliant, culminating as we rounded Rame Head lower than the boats inshore but in full breeze and trucking. We watched as the boats inshore under the headlands ground to a halt while we continued to sneakily eek our way to the finish.
It has been long, it has had it's upwinds and its downwinds but Team WART you are truly awesome! All of you are rockstars in your own 'special' and wholly unique right! Skippy you are our hero! Fast Netty - you rocked around the rock!
RORC Fastnet, once again you have delivered on fun, frolics, excitement and adventure. To 2019 ... let's face the music and dance!
P.S - for those of you considering a James, I can highly recommend upgrading to the 7.8 version which comes with a whole new range of experiential features!
Chasing Hugo Boss at The Rock
Photo by Jan Tymowski (posted on Instagram with the hashtag
#rolexfastnetrace (added now) :-)
Oh dear oh dear oh dear ... it was going so well!
Turned the corner at the TSS around 0630 and finally headed east towards the Scillies and home. Winds still fluffy but manageable until just after we past Bishops Rock. The last 7 hours have been spent chasing zephyrs in an annoyingly rolling swell. What was lost in wind was more than made up for in internet coverage and there has been a running commentary on the progress of the chasing pack. Whilst we languished at 2 JPPH (jellyfish past per hour) our main rivals have been carried down on a steady and fair breeze to within spitting distance and handicap advantages. Doh!
Ho hum! We've done all we can. Ness and James were sent weed clearing, Skippy has videoed his bottom, Adrian has inspected his eyelids, Barney has had a shave (electric shaver - essential kit? Discuss?), Lord Luds has done important work in the foredeck media editing suite. The evil cake of angelness has been released and Skips is high on enough e-numbers to sustain a herd of children and has been bouncing around like tigger. We even went so far to crack open the award winning cucumber we have been carrying for such conditions.
We'd just settled in with the Times crossword when the wind gods delivered and we went zero to hero, scooting along at 8+kts in a matter of minutes! 3rd perfectly executed peel of the race ... them there foredeck bunnies are getting good! Happy days!
Dinner is on, headland reaching objectives have been set, a 'night on the rail' dictum has been issued, Poldarkshire and its attractions are now well within range and team WART are enjoying the rip rollicking sequel to their outbound leg. All still very much to play for!
Now on aproach to the Lizard and look what we are having to eat...!
Full credit to Diane for turning out a full roast dinner in the middle of a
Also a shout out to Purple mist. Hope your roast went as well.
Tiny tiny boat - its hero to zero
100m from Portland bill, 50m from Runnel Stone and 25m from the Fastnet, A smashing beat across the Irish Sea and then yes, you guessed it, Zero. It took us 5hours to do the last few miles to the Rock and our ETA for Plymouth is now Friday very very late. Alice my daughter sent me a picture showing we were in first place for a moments during those amazing first 3 days!! Well that's Ocean Racing Patience and persistence ... but this a touch tough race in a 30ft well appointed colander !!! Wet is not the word for it??.
Still having fun two handed yours Skipper Stu (stuart Greenfield)
So it is the early hours of Tuesday morning and the perhaps the most
tactical decision of the race is being chewed over ... go up lands end, or
go on towards the Scilly isles.. we chose the latter then with the wind
slowing, foul tide... you get the picture.
And so began 24 hours of it just not going quite right. Will spare you
the long list but with even finding 1 hour of zero wind ( in a forecast
of NW 5or6 occasionally 7 ) felt exceptionally cruel.
So I summarise Tuesday as Wednesday begins. In contrast the Wind is now up
and we are cracked open heading to Fastnet...
On the right side whilst becalmed had a pair of dolphins play next to us
for so long we gave them names... Punky and Perky send their regards .
Thursday morning and Scaramocuhe is off the Isles of Scilly. A great night of surfing waves at 18knots, we are on a high!
Well ... we made it ...
At approx 0930 we joined the pile up at el rockeo just as the wind went proper flakey and dodge. WA snuck through on the inside, were first of the gaggle to brave a kite hoist and were off and rockin'. Wind stayed fickle for the first hour and unusually unprepared we sat contemplating our navels before the wind suddenly filled to 20kts and there was a frantic scramble to peal to the shiny new heavy kite. In true Fastnet fashion, as soon as the manoeuvre was complete the wind died and we sat wallowing, contemplating our next move.
Currently barrelling down wind under full kite in tropical sunshine with yet more pods of our favourite finned friends on a straight line to the TSS. The team have taken the opportunity to chill out, catch some zzz's and enjoy cruising at its absolute best. Wrighty is loving his time on the wheel and currently competing with Skippy for title of max chat speed surfer. This little contest is bound to keep them amused until the small hours so we will be sleeping off watch to happy whoops of competitive joy.
7 sweaty bodies in a sealed, bobbing tupperware box for 3 days have left the good ship lollipop a bit pongy. Therefore, today has seen the collective change of pants and sweaty socks and the official wipe down of all things festy. Adrian's Saturday socks have been sealed in the lazerette and, taking one for the team, I have hand washed Skippy's feet. Despite a day of ablutions and tidy up, downstairs on WA does still smell a bit 'dog'. Recommendation is to avoid us at Plymouth as the collective have determined no showers in the interests of water rationing.
We have however, maintained our culinary standards and dined on smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast, paninis for lunch and will shortly be breaking to take afternoon tea and cake. You'll all be relieved to know the dill has been found and will be waiting for us on our return to dry land. Even more of a relief was the repatriation of the missing kitchen knife which was returned from the foredeck after being launched with the No2. How it got there ... nobody knows. Weird things happen at sea.
At the rock, Fast Netty took the opportunity to reunite with old friends. Happy as Larry in her photo shoot she has taken the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of sailing and been adopted favourably by the rest of the crew ... even Skips has thawed to her presence and let her behind the wheel. Alarmingly we were informed of a social media push to give her the push and give her a quick lob to be reunited with her brethren. We are standing firm with true WART solidarity - one out all out; we started with 8 we finish with 8.
New for today ... Barney Hasselhoff has arrived onboard ... red shorts and california (dirty Cowes) tan. No volunteers as yet to take on the role of Pamela but he's ever keen. James is still sporting his alarming grandpa joe pants but, if his mother is reading this, he has been keeping his vitamin intake up (3 cherry tomatoes and a peach today alone) although there may be crew mutiny as he only awarded 7/10 for our last gybe, petulantly withholding 3 points as we 'didn't rouse him from his afternoon nap to help out'.
We shall keep up our hardcore relaxing for as long as the sun shines and wind is fair!
Late night update: OMG - a stonking nights sail. Humping downwind in 20+kts under clear starlit skies. All boats converging on the layline like water buffalo at the waterhole which did cause a peak on the Nancy-squeakometer when 2 boats decided on some midnight frisky business.
This morning Scaramouche is off the Isles of Scilly. We are close
This morning, at what we hope was our final sunrise, we had a spot of
company wanting to play. Some dolphins.
Scaramouche and the crew are nearing our final push to the finish and we
gather lots of people are cheering - Come On Scaramouche. Well we are
doing our best.
See you all very soon
Sent from my iPhone
Night again, and DASHER's skipper checks our position and strategy....
>> Follow our progress in IRC2 on the YB tracker app.
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Wednesday evening: after a rough crossing of the Irish Sea, still believed
to be in touch and in contention with KUKRI and CHASER, DASHER hit another
wind hole and fell off her pace. A frustrating day finding the wind, but
the rock is in sight! Go Royal Navy!
On Mon, 7 Aug 2017 at 11:30, Tony Stanley-Adams
> 1st 24hr update. After a solid start in the Solent, Dasher emerged as the
> first Nic 55 from the needles ahead of CHASER and KUKRI. Making the
> decision to head offshore in order to avoid the large tidal gate around
> Portland Bill, Dasher rounded this significant headland at around midnight.
> KUKRI, taking a different approach, hugged the coastline and made
> significant gains on the Navy leading Dasher by 16 miles. By no means have
> the RN given up, with Dasher gaining 5 miles on KUKRI overnight as we
> approach Start point with 505miles to run to the finish. Chaser have
> remained offshore throughout the race and lie to the south of Dasher.
> Follow our progress in IRC2 on the TV tracker app.
> *From:* SM T
> A nice clean start for the RN crew of DASHER, ahead of CHASER and making
> on KUKRI. At one point, ahead of British Soldier (perhaps the fastest yacht
> in Class). Happy days!
“The race was very intense as we were pretty much going upwind the whole
way to Fastnet Rock, and we virtually covered twice the distance from
tacking. It was like a never ending day, the conditions were too
uncomfortable to sleep and the close competition meant that we couldn’t
relax until we had rounded the Rock and could finally hoist the spinnaker
for some fast sailing.
“Going upwind for this long meant that the race was very tactical as it
wasn’t as simple as going from A to B, and I spent most of the race working
on strategy. As the weather forecasts were incredibly unreliable this was
very tiring indeed...
“The wild sprint back from Fastnet Rock last night was a really liberating
experience. We were able to take the lead back and had a fantastic night
sailing at 16 knots in full moon light. It was incredible to be sailing at
last with the elements rather than battling against them…
“We had V&B breathing down our necks for a lot of the course, which pushed
us right to the Isles of Scilly when unfortunately for us they were able to
speed past. It was here this morning, where we had a very strange incident
as we approached the Scilly TSS exclusion zone. Sailing under spinnaker the
boat suddenly lurched to a stop and the object holding us, perhaps a huge
mooring rope, began to drag us towards the no go zone… We rapidly took down
the spinnaker, and then became free. This then happened again just five
minutes later and soon we were surrounded by both *Campagne de France* and
also *V&B*, who soon shot off into the distance!
“The team were great, spirits were always high and everyone was proactive,
so we were able to get into a nice rhythm right from the start.”
“It was brilliant to be part of such a great race, every Rolex Fastnet is a
unique experience. It really is an incredible experience that tends to mix
pleasure with pain. The conditions make strategy and tactics quite
challenging and there is usually a fast ride back from the Rock, which is
why I love this race. Work hard play hard!”
*Phil Sharp, Skipper of Class 40 Imerys – 2nd with an overall race time of
three days, four hours, 7 minutes, and 19 seconds.*
10:20 BST "I've just come off watch and am completely exhausted after a
really intense and wet night. We worked hard to regain the lead last night,
but at around 6:00am V&B passed us at great speed. There's a few more hours
left in the race and we're staying strong!"