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Rowena Verity : Clipper Race update – 24 Jan 2018

So it’s 2018 and here I am in Airlie Beach, Whitsundays.  We arrived last week after a champagne sailing Sydney to Hobart race. That saw our Garmin boat take third place in the Clipper race.  What a welcome Hobart puts on for all sailing crews!  It has a village with good food and drinks tents which are enough to keep any crew happy! After celebrating the New Year watching a firework display from the boat it was time to prepare for the next race in our all Australia leg – Hobart to Airlie Beach.  We arrived into Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays after 11 days of racing from Hobart. We arrived in the evening but any concerns about hitting the pub before last orders were unfounded in this backpacker town where I feel decidedly old.
We were 5th across the line but got a lucky bump to 4th at the expense of Sanya through their penalty for a race rule infringement related to proximity to land. That leaves us 5th overall having doubled our points by playing our joker on this race.
It was a complex one given the currents off the east Australian coast. There was a fair amount of bashing to windward but we didn’t see any more than 40 knots of breeze (a mere Force 8, pah!). Actually there was probably a bit more wind in the nasty, wet and lightning-ridden front which passed over in our penultimate night, but I think we were a bit too busy reducing sail to notice the peak wind strength. In the middle section of the race we got some good downwind spinnaker sailing and its always a relief to have the boat flat for a while.
I’m  now leaving the boat for legs 5&6 and will rejoin after the Chinese legs when the boat comes into Seattle. I’ll be sailing Seattle to New York through the Panama Canal. Until then I have other adventures planned with my partner Paul.  We’ll be camping on Hook island and then Fraser Island before a road trip to Sydney.
Thank you for supporting me on this big Clipper adventure.

 

Rowena Verity : Clipper Race update – 30 Nov 2017

After 27 days of sailing from Cape TownSA Fremantle was a welcome site. It was a tough leg. Rather than surfing the waves we had the wind on the nose and a severe heel for the first two weeks. The crew had to endure very wet and windy conditions on deck where manual sail changes and constant reef in reef out sapped much energy. We also experienced the sad loss of a fellow crew member from another boat who fell overboard after a tether failure as he was assisting with a Yankie sail change on the bow. On our Garmin boat we had a medical evacuation which involved the Australian airforce dropping 15 boxes of medical supplies for us to retrieve from the sea. The Australian navy then sent a submarine rescue boat to transfer the patient to hospital in Fremantle. All went well and though the patient was critical on arrival they are now slowly recovering.
No podiums this time. Our weather routing of staying North didn’t play out as the Skipper expected and more rigorous trimming is required. The next leg is to Sydney for Christmas followed by the Sydney Hobart Race starting on Boxing Day.
Merry Christmas to you all

Rowena Verity : Clipper Race update – 29 Oct 2017

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.

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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.

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CNYC’s Rowena Verity deported to Australia!

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)

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It’s a hard life!

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!

 

New Commodore!

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.

 

2016 Review Now Available

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:  cnyc@btinternet.com  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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