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Crew member on FRA1859 SMA

Please find attached the first blog and some pictures from on board SMA

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Marcus Hutchinson

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> 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.

Crew member on GBR4778R EH01

Our first blog entry as night draws in on the Global Yacht Racing, EH01

"Fastnet and Furious" crew in the Rolex Fastnet 2015 race..... Living life

600 miles at a time!

As expected it was a drifting, slow and painful start across the line

(eventually!) with only 2-3 knots of breeze out there, but spirits and

humour were high with a lot of banter between boats passing... calling

"starboard" as we drift past our rivals Northern Child and quotes from

Master and Commander kept us all entertained as we made our way up the

Solent slowly. Talk of eating the vegetarian first if we run out of food

brought about lively debate... lets hope it doesn't come to that!

Great sights to see the big boats working their way through the fleet as

Comanche, Leopard, as well as the SCA girls pass us by with some great

photo opportunities in the light winds.

The good old sea breeze kicking in at almost 3pm on the dot and making it a

great race out of the needles, as all the boats started picking up speed and

choosing their route along the coast. The crew are working well together,

all the training and qualifiers paying off as we start to make ground on the

other boats in the fleet and some great tacking.

But the big dilemma of the day so far though has to be, who ate all the

ginger nuts??!! The packet went up the rail never to return with everyone

claiming they only had one.... as always those back in 'fantasy land' are

blaming the pointy end as that's where they were last seen! With the

foredeck union looking bemused as ever. We may never know, but of course

need to consider changing strategy on biscuit delivery.

With a stunning sunset this evening as we approach Portland, and darkness

now closing in we settle in, the light winds are returning on our first

Fastnet night and of course everyone hoping that the wind will return again.

Spirits are high and everyone is hugging the low side for tactical reasons

only... tactics are critical in a light wind race.

This time it ain't just about being fast!

Crew member on GBR3015 McGregor IV

We have blue skies, fair winds enough on our aft to be flying the kite at a nice speed...all smiles on our boat. With a hearty breakfast of freshly caught albatros blocking the heads we prepare conquer Start Point.

Crew member on FRA1859 SMA


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Crew member on GBR8217T Juno IV

day 1- sunday

13:20 - irc 1 gun start . poor start.

crew on the look out! (photo1)

but no wind, dead calm

looking for wind

16:50 - wind, we have wind ! all team on rail.

front row seats, enjoying the view

speed about 6-7knt. we are rejoining the pack.


off watch. resting below deck. 19:30 . toms cooking while peter at nav station listening to weather forecast

20:00-00:00 on watch . nice sunset. win dropped dramatically. tide is against us.

cool night on deck, it seems we are catching up on smaller vessels though.

04:00-08:00 on deck. wind dropped and turned, so we dropped jib 1 and hoisted the kite.

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