Please find attached the first blog and some pictures from on board SMA
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Begin forwarded message:
> From: SMA
> Date: 16 August 2015 19:45:29 BST
> Subject: Blog 1
> Blog #1
> Boat: 225 degress @ 9.2knts
> Wind: 286 degrees @ 9.0knts
> The most relaxed start of the Rolex Fastnet Race IÕve ever encountered, albeit my first IÕve watched many a race start. The tidal ebb was the key to all of our departure success. It really was a battle out of the narrows and passed the needless but the wind soon began to fill in. Michel and Paul are two very expiernece skippers but more to the point they have a relaxed approach. Perhaps itÕs the fact I speak as much russian as I do french but all seems calm and collect.
> We settled on this rought heading of 225 for now as we expect the breeze to go right over the next few hours, keep us out at sea and away from the land. I deceded an hour ago it was time for an early dinner and discovered we have no spoons or forks onboard, yeah I hear you say it, it is the little things that make the difference. Regardless myself and Paul tucked into some Pork Stew as the mighy americans rolled over us in Commanche.
> Now we settle in for an evening of right hand shifts and more gear changes than an F1 race as the wind drops and falls.
> Brian Carlin reporting from SMA with two French dudes.