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  1. #1
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    Default Cervantes Trophy

    Lots of retirements and what wind, it was forecast to drop earlier than it did. We had gusts to 35kts
    We then lost the mizzen mast 2 miles down from Littlehampton and rtd, mind you a lot of folk went round the wrong mark there.
    Any other good stories?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Cervantes Trophy

    Quote Originally Posted by Muddy32 View Post
    Any other good stories?
    Not a good story as such - but did event in someone elses boat as a qualifier for Fastnet. Before we left Solent - trashed a headsail and lost a sail bag. 25+ hours in what were generally cold windy conditions. You mention the Littlehampton mark - for someone new to offshore after a long sabbatical - it was about the only time we were close to other boats in an around the cans scenario - as we got an overlap and it was exciting getting the gybe in tight with a load of other boats around. Our main instrument display packed up early on due to suspected electrical gremlins - but it was breezy near french coast at night with full main and a small jib - gusting 30+ knots? - the subsequent 18 mile beat in the v.early hours against choppy waves designed to test foul weather gear was character building. I thought if the Fastnet is going to be 5 days of this - cold,hot bunking,irregular sleep etc - its a serious project....however a few beers at the race finish and some food and a shower got us all in good spirits for the motor back to Solent. We left at 8pm sunday - sails all packed away and down below and about a couple of hours out of Le Havre - engine faltered but still ran - feathering prop. Luckily after reversing a bit it seemed to clear things - we think it was a lobster pot - but it was pitch black so were really none the wiser. If it had been terminal - unpacking and rigging sails in light winds on the nose would have been tedious. Anyway - there is always someone worse off - about same time as we had prop tangle incident - we noticed someone close to us sailing in towards finish - they must have had an eventful race - full points for perseverance! Anyway back at work - i have forgotten about the cold and fatigue - looking forward to Myth of Malham!
    Last edited by j80; 07-05-19 at 16:30.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Cervantes Trophy

    Quote Originally Posted by j80 View Post
    Not a good story as such - but did event in someone elses boat as a qualifier for Fastnet. Before we left Solent - trashed a headsail and lost a sail bag. 25+ hours in what were generally cold windy conditions. You mention the Littlehampton mark - for someone new to offshore after a long sabbatical - it was about the only time we were close to other boats in an around the cans scenario - as we got an overlap and it was exciting getting the gybe in tight with a load of other boats around. Our main instrument display packed up early on due to suspected electrical gremlins - but it was breezy near french coast at night with full main and a small jib - gusting 30+ knots? - the subsequent 18 mile beat in the v.early hours against choppy waves designed to test foul weather gear was character building. I thought if the Fastnet is going to be 5 days of this - cold,hot bunking,irregular sleep etc - its a serious project....however a few beers at the race finish and some food and a shower got us all in good spirits for the motor back to Solent. We left at 8pm sunday - sails all packed away and down below and about a couple of hours out of Le Havre - engine faltered but still ran - feathering prop. Luckily after reversing a bit it seemed to clear things - we think it was a lobster pot - but it was pitch black so were really none the wiser. If it had been terminal - unpacking and rigging sails in light winds on the nose would have been tedious. Anyway - there is always someone worse off - about same time as we had prop tangle incident - we noticed someone close to us sailing in towards finish - they must have had an eventful race - full points for perseverance! Anyway back at work - i have forgotten about the cold and fatigue - looking forward to Myth of Malham!
    Thanks for the great reminder of why I am strictly a round the cans racer!
    You never know, I might be right!

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Cervantes Trophy

    No great stories as such, but that beat from Cussey to the A5 was grim. Coldest I've been for a long time. Everyone quite tired and irritable by the finish. Definitely a good teambuilding exercise!

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