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Crew member on GBR1204 HMSTC Dasher

Gbr1204greetings from the goodship dasher. A busy first 24 hrs. We took a leaffrom the cruisein folks n anchored 4 the nite to start our west countrycruise. This mornin the doc opened the surgery 4 the traineepilot...later on mr mate lead the sewin circle as some enjoyed thespectacular start bay scernery more than others. Meanwhile the forepeakflood alarm has been silenced! The call of capn jaspers was hard to breakbut a tack change later n we r able to enjoy the blue sky n stories boutthe eddystone light! A happy 'dash'.

Crew member on GBR52R Chernikeeff 2

Afternoon bloggers from the chernikeeff 2, well we have had a pretty interesting day sailing along on our own with only about 15 miles vis. Currently approaching lands end which is on the bow and have also spotted a few boats from our class, we are now sailing on port tack and expecting to be on this for the majority of the way to the rock.

Our afternoon was made all the more interesting with a catastrophic failure of one of our runner tails (a rope that controls our mast) but with quick thinking from the C2s onboard maintenence team disaster has been overted and we are back upto full speed.

Spirits are still high on the chernikeeff, we are all considering ourselves very lucky to even be competing in this race let alone doing as well as we are. Next blog will be from the vacinity of the fastnet rock!

Chernikeeff 2 out

Crew member on GBR407T Genie

SHIP'S LOG 1200hrs . Currently 4 miles off Start Point doing 5 knots over the ground. We have astiff breeze of 19 knots but have been fighting adverse tide until now. What a difference a day makes. After yesterday's flat sea and measuredwind we're currently ploughing through a lumpy sea with the smallest ofour genoas hoisted. Throughout the course of the morning we've gone fromour medium weight jib to our heavy weight and then, as the wind continuedto build, we eventually hoisted the number 3, designed to keep us morebalanced and stable in winds over about 14 knots. Switching to the smallersail and lashing the bigger one to the deck took three of us. We spentthat ten minutes on the foredeck submarining under waves of quite warmwater. Stings the eyes a bit though. It's been a bumpy morning not without its casualties. One crew memberdidn't keep his breakfast down - no names - but the rest of us areenjoying the roller coaster ride. We think our tactics overnght paid off. When I came on watch at midnightwe were going nowhere, just lolling about just off Portland Bay. We'dgambled on coming inshore whilst a lot of the fleet on the horizon wereheading out to sea. It meant a nervous wait for the tide to change to seeif we'd make the right choice, but seemed to have paid dividends when itdid. A fierce tide in the bay whipped round once it turned in our favour,propelling us round the corner and across Lyme Bay at a fast rate ofknots. Most of the crew have spent the morning sitting up on the high side of theboat to try to keep it flatter and more under control. It's a wet andwindy place to sit but the banter is entertaining. Sausage sandwiches forbreakfast too!

Crew member on GBR4601L Fair Do's VII

Update - Monday 1523GMT

At the end of Day 1 at sea things are largely going to plan.

We wanted to start well and managed a relatively clean inside start near the squadron with only two to worry us on the inside. In the end it was the port tack, cross the fleet, approach that won the best start, however we were happy with where we ended up. Must have been a great sight from the shore with the hundreds of spinnakers.

Down the solent was challenging. The sea breeze no longer dominated with the more northerly gradient giving those who stuck north shore rather than in the tide benefiting. Those that got too greedy lost out by lymington. We managed to time it right, diving south to the channel where we transitioned from a 10knt NE to a 8knt WSW. This gave us the lead in class zero out of the solent.

It was tough to defend all the way to portland. We attempted to get ourselves positioned for least tide as we were about 2 hours too late for the gate. Unfortunately a shift to the NW meant we ended up losing out to those the took the more northerly- low of rhumb line, course.

As the breeze died out we had to chose between offshore and inshore. We knew the wind was going to come back from somewhere between SW and W, but also knew long term we wanted right hand side for the expected right shift.

The game is playing out as I type. Not sure who is going to win out compared to our closest competitors, but we've had a favourable shift so far - so fingers crossed. We've now got to work out how to catch the Spanish - they appear to be sailing very well at the moment. On top of this the 14-18 G22 knots is probably benefiting their 52ft vs our 46ft!

No sign of any early challenges for the golden duvet award. Most are under the influence of immodiam and more than comfortable after 24hrs. I'm now.supposed to be offwatch - but on a mission to locate some haribo. Hopefully the minister of the interior won't catch me.

Praying the wind gods keep honouring our requests for a quick race!



Crew member on GBR8764T Buccaneer of Upnor 2

GBR8764T Bucaneer of Upnor Blog. Well the sun has finally re appeared ashas phone reception. Slightly fustrating day as pointing is not our forteand it has been a beat all the way, however steve and dave (aka thechuckle brothers) are maintaining morale reciting tales of their holidays.Next Blog, lands end...