Position: 49d54.64'N / 005d12.1'W
Log: 2,890 nm
With skies misting, 20-25 knots of wind, and Comanche blasting through the fog from astern, CARINA and her crew finished the 2015 Transatlantic Race at 05:46 UTC. There was not much fanfare and we could not even see the famous Lizard Lighthouse marking the north end of the finish line due to the conditions. While this finish may have been somewhat anticlimactic the race was most certainly not! About 1 minute after crossing the finish line the 100' maxi Comanche gave us a show passing 50' to leeward of us at 25kts. That was more like the excitement that this race provided!
Since our last report the crew of CARINA pushed hard to narrow the gap between us and Scarlet Oyster. Scarlet Oyster was our closest competitor and we have had a back and forth dog fight in the North Atlantic since June 28th that those who have been paying attention to the Tracker are probably aware. With only a few days left in the race and the need to close the gap from 60nm to closer to 45nm we went to work. To assist us in our task Mother Nature served up a healthy serving of 20-35kt southwesterly winds. Now that is something that we can work with....and work we did.
Those reading this e-mail who have spent much time sailing under spinnaker in 20-35kt ocean conditions can attest to the fact that it is tricky business indeed. Through hard work we managed to close the gap to Scarlet Oyster to 49nm......just enough to beat them on rating. Unfortunately there was a price to be paid to King Neptune for holding these miles.....and King Neptune was gladly accepting spinnakers as currency. We ripped the clew out of the A5 and the head out of the A3- our two heavy weather chutes. Missing these arrows from our sail inventory quiver we found ourselves at a significant disadvantage for the last 500nm of racing and it appears that Scarlet Oyster will make their time over us. Congratulations to the Scarlet Oyster team....they sailed one heck of a race.
While we are licking our wounds on our battle with the Oyster it is important to reflect on the experience that we all just enjoyed during this race. We managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean averaging over 200nm per day on a 48' boat. Not too many people can say they have done that. Throughout the experience the team gelled and maneuvers became seamless without words spoken.
We all owe Rives a debt of gratitude for providing this experience for us....THANKS RIVES! We wish you could have been there with us.
Some highlights from our adventure:
- Surfs in excess of 20kts on three occasions with a top speed of 21.7kts
- (Peter B)....close second of 20.5kts (Peter F)
- Main only speed record of 17.7kts (Barrett)
- 3 sails and 4 halyards repaired and put back into service during the
- race (Rich)
- 450 meals served by our head chef, Chris....complete with 18 loaves of
- bread baked mid ocean
- 500 dishes washed on deck in all sorts of weather
- Gerard going up the rig to untangle the spinnaker in less than pleasant
- conditions (to put it mildly)
- Every crew member contributed to steering; the cook steered across the
- finish line
- Head did not clog once!....Go Vacuflush!!
- Starting the engine mid-ocean with a hammer
- Only one medical mishap....minor burn in the galley....perhaps related
- to said 450 meals and 18 loaves of bread
- Passing Dorade and Scarlet Oyster with the gulfstream currents
- Forty-eight major sail changes (excluding reefs, unreefs, staysails)
- Most used sails: A2/4 (105 hours), A3 (81 hours), A5 (37 hours), Jibtop
- (62 hours), Blast Reacher (17 hours); eight other sails.
- Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a well-found and famous yacht with a
- great crew.
Thanks to you all for your support on this great adventure that was the Transatlantic Race of 2015.
Crew of Carina
Rich, Barrett, Devin, Lee, Neil, Peter, Gerard, Peter, Chris, and Will