They say if it moves and it shouldn’t – use duct tape. Well I am happy to report, the duct tape has been deployed to another critical item that Henry and I broke last night. The night before as you recall we teamed up to demo the critical A6 kite as we hit warp speed pressing as hard as we could. Just five minutes before the kite disintegrated in spectacular fashion as we screamed along deep into the 20 knot boat speed range, we remarked knowingly to each other “this is the right sail”. Five minutes later as we frantically tried to devise a method to get it down, with the bow wake back by the cockpit and as high as the spreaders, Henry remarked “this is nuts”.
July 3, 2015, 5 p.m. EST:
We got into the Gulf Stream, so it’s been warm weather and lots of current. We are pretty sure we hit a 24-hour record onboard Dorade, but are still confirming. The biggest challenge now will be to make the transition through the “ice gate” to the “great circle route”. If it’s done wrong we could lose the race. If it’s done right we’re still competitive.
Wir sind mit aufmerksamen Steuerleistungen des Charisma-Teams gut durch die Nacht gekommen. Das Großsegel ist seit gestern mit Marlschlägen auf dem Baum verzurrt. Die solide Genua II fahren wir gerefft gemäß dem zwischen Halbwind und Raumschots einfallendem Starkwind
As we complete our third 24 hour period at sea, we are now fully settled into life on board. Unfortunately, unlike our delivery from Grenada to Newport, we are no longer experiencing either heat or sun. Quite the contrary. We have now been living for over 48 hours in our oilskins and other wet garments. The inside of the boat remains wet with either water dripping from the deckhead (ceiling) in certain areas or little puddles appearing on the hull on which we walk.
Afternoon my sofa sailors how's your Saturday going?
I would like you to picture the scene:
A grey cloudy day, warm enough to wear tshirt and shorts under foulies, the sea is a magnificent slate blue grey colour with white blue cresting tops. The wind is averaging between 26kts and 31kts and is directly behind us and we are bowling East on a goose winged jib with a reef in the main. Life is good.
The drivers are loving the speed challenge and each of them are upping the ante.
Someone asked about who is the golden dustbin. Again this is a hotly contended title. Both Ross and Matt are in the running and then again some of the others are enjoying the food -Pedro, Kirsty, SBG and Carlo. It is going to be hard to call. This morning we dug out week twos goody bag and the crews eyes lit up as beef jerky and and percy pigs were discovered. Lisa is clearly over her seasickness as she has just spent an hour making wraps for everyone including seconds.
A few stats for the geeks out there:
A new gulf stream 24hr record of 278 nautical mile run. Not bad for a 28yr old 48ft centre cockpit cruiser.
We have halved our deficit on handicap time with Carina.
We have chased Mariette and our deficit is down from 20% to 4%
We are being chased down by Lucky which is a boat that started on the second start (Wednesday). They are averaging 20kts and are only 120 miles behind us.
We have covered 1300 miles through the water.
The big boats start tomorrow by which time we will be halfway across. We are taking bets as to when Rambler will pass us. Carlo has a bet with Mick Harvey that Rambler will overtake us on 10th July. Mick said the 8th. Watch this space to find out who was right.
Many thanks for the messages of support they are greatly appreciated.
Please keep them coming as we are receiving them.
Carlo has asked if someone can find out the top 5 positions in the Melges Worlds. Post them up on Scarlets facebook page please.
Polly I haven't seen a mermaid yet - only lisa washing her hair on the aft deck
Penny the only sea monster out here is Carlo in a grumpy mood grumbling. I promise to keep looking for both though. Pedro spotted a turtle which is pretty cool. We will keep searching for Nemo.
Love and hugs to you all
Kirsty and the speed Team SO
Just back at the Nav station after two great hours on deck with the crew.
As soon as I got on deck we put in a reef as the wind reached 35 knots. We sailed the entire time with the single reef, a J4 and a genoa staysail. The reef seemed to make no difference in speed, but a big difference in stability. It also eliminated a lot of risk as we flew on into the night.
Seit dem Morgen frischt es kontinuierlich auf. Bei stürmischen SW-Wind baut sich durch die querlaufende Strömung eines Eddies zusätzlich zur Atlantikdünung ein Seegang bis zu 4 Metern auf. Wir steuern die Charisma konzentriert durch die sich brechenden Wellen, halten
Good morning one and all.
Its 2am GMT and this is boat time that we are running on. It past my bedtime so this is a short blog.
We have just passed the ice gate to port and this is a mile stone for our race as it now means we can start to point north east if the weather and /> routing allow for it.
Today has been another hot one where we ran on the kite all day, blue skies and in the words of Matt 'champagne sailing'. It was glorious. Lisa and I took the opportunity to wash our hair (thank you Sarah for leaving shampoo on board). Suntan lines are being evened out and most of us don't quite believe that this is what we signed up too.
We have peeled various kites today. Three times Adrian has hung off the pole and performed a balancing act. We are currently 6 miles ahead of Carina.
This morning a sperm whale was seen as it bobbed around in the water. It popped its head up to check the boat out and say hello. Apparently we weren't that interesting and it disappeared. Various pods of dolphins have said hi and we are still seeing flying fish.
At around 9pm boat time I came on watch in shorts and tshirt (it was sunny and light), within an hour I was in my boots and foulies as it was cold. Really cold and a fog was rolling in. we were heading north to the ice gate. Various conversations have drawn parallels with GOT and the ice wall. We are still working on who is who on this boat. Suffice to say Maester Appleby has this boat well managed.
Before I sign off the crew and I want to say a massive thanks for following us and keeping an eye on our track. If you would like to ask us any questions about life on board the boat, the race, what we are up to please post your questions on the Scarlet Oyster facebook page. These will be sent to us via email and we will get back to you in a later blog.
I need to get a couple of hours sleep before I am up again.
Love and hugs
Kirsty and Team Scarlet Oyster
UTZ 0442 July 4
TWD 242 degrees
TWA 138 degrees
TWS 22 - 27
Sea state - currently 4 foot rollers
Skies - high cloud cover, slightly broken
Well, our rabbit got caught, butchered and eaten. We lost maybe 5 miles with a couple of wild round ups (more on that later) but deep reaching in heavy air is not our sweet spot and it sure is for our competition. But it is a long race still, and we are racing as hard as we can in order to be able to capitalize if conditions turn in our favor.
Friday afternoon saw a low sweep down on us , from the south and with it loads more pressure. We swapped down from the big A2 kite to the A5 fractional and saw some really good pace out of what is a new sail for Dragon. First time I had ever used it in anger, and there was a learning curve on how high I could get it. 20 to 30 knots, no problem. 30 plus knots was a problem. And the one 45 knot puff we got was an ugly problem.
Winds were consistently 25 to 30 all afternoon, evening and into the morning, with rain and very big seas. I would say about 15 feet with the occasional roller even bigger. The system was sending us squall lines that saw the bigger air and put us on notice. A few times we had to roll up the A5 and go the solent. The boat was making mid teens and breaking into high teens when she was surfing. Only in the past 20 minutes has the wind settled to low twenties with some clearing in the skies.
Nothing broken, however. The boat is moving well, we are fully in our watch system and going typically 3 hours on, 3 hours off.