The sail to Cape Town was all action as the trade winds powered us on. For our Team Garmin boat it was more white sails than spinnakers but we managed a top speed of 25.5 knots quite literally on the creast of a wave. My dry suit came into action early on as I tried to stay dry as waves crashed over the boat. Team spirit was good within the watches and despite challenging sailing conditions we all pulled together.
Humour helped considerably during the dark wet night watches. Below deck living remained a challenge at times on a 40 degree angle in cold conditions when everything including your sleeping bag seemed damp and without heating nothing drys out. I found my plastic blue trawler gloves an excellent recommendation as even the best sailing gloves aren’t waterproof in these conditions. However morale remained high as we contested a podium place finally finishing in 3rd place with our sails all intact. The 12th boat in the fleet arrived 9 days later after sustaining damage after colliding with a whale. They had to return to Uruguay for repairs so now only have a 3 day turn around before the fleet leaves on Tuesday 31st October for the race to Fremantle. We’re currently trying to correct a strong kick to port on our boat steering before we set sail so fingers crossed we get this sorted in time.
The Southern Ocean sleigh ride will offer some of the most testing and exhilarating sailing conditions of the whole race. We’ll dip into the strong winds of the roaring 40s. We pass the Cape of Good Hope before sailing on to Agulhas where the Indian Ocean and Atlantic oceans meet leading to disturbed seas. It’s estimated the sail will take around 22-25 days and I’m already looking forward to the welcome sight of Fremantle on arrival. You can track the race at www.clipperroundtheworld.com and also stay up to date with the Team Garmin Skipper and crew daily blogs there too.
In living conditions remarkably like the old convict ships, CNYC member Rowena heads south as part of The Clipper Round The World Yacht Race – due to start on Sunday 20th August. Twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts will spend a year racing 40,000 nautical miles across the world’s oceans. Rowena is on the Garmin Race Team and will be crewing on the first 4 legs sailing from the UK to Australia. She then rejoins for leg 7 in April sailing from Seattle to New York. Full details of the race route tracker daily blogs and video footage came be seen at https://clipperroundtheworld.com/ where you can follow Team Garmin (registered as CV22)
Members’ footage of Summer 2017 “Lads’ charter” in Greece. Now doesn’t that make you want to get out on the water?!
Σας ευχόμαστε να έχετε όλοι ένα υπέροχο Καλοκαίρι!
At the AGM in January Frances Miller was elected Commodore, replacing Duncan who had served us so well over his three years in office. Duncan remains on the committee “without portfolio” and was, together with his wife Annie, given a lifetime membership of the Club.
Those members who came to our Christmas meeting in December were impressed with Hugh’s annual movie presenting highlights of last season’s talks; from members about their sailing exploits, from sailing or maritime professionals, from authors who write about sailing. This is now available for download at: https://secure.sharefile.com/Authentication/Login. The login name is: firstname.lastname@example.org and the password: Sailing2016 – this is case sensitive. Unless you have incredibly fast internet and no data cap, you should download the ‘small’ 842MB file.
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