Nice to have full day sun abroad The Kid !
By far the first of the race :)
We report also a gust at 41 knt , forza 9 if we look in the books !
we look forward for the 2nd part of the T R .
2100 UTC 30/06 Posn 43 36n 037 32w. Se temp 18.3C Speed over ground 19.6 COG 75 Mag.
All going well on the good ship Wizard. Just managed 466nm last 24 hours at an average speed of 19.6 knots.
We have seen the worst of the breeze from the low and conditions should moderate in the early hours of the morning.
Next appointment is with the ridge of High pressure at 1200utc on the 2nd June.
DOn't see the last blog posted yet.
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Yesterday around mid afternoon, we realized that our water-maker was no longer working properly. This posed a bit of a challenge to making drinking water, cooking , and of course going to the bathroom (we have fresh water heads). The crew of Aegir have taken this in stride alternating who has the arduous job of pumping liters of salt water through a hand pump to produce fresh water. Our water making system has reached new heights with the innovation of a pipe duct-taped to a hook that is put into our wake that forces the salt water uphill into our buckets. An improvement to getting wet everytime we refilled the bucket!
A couple pods of dolphins have been following us for the past few days, circling to come say hi every few watches and making for some great enertainment! At night, the most incredible part is watching them swim through the phosphoressence - leaving their own glowing wake.
We have just put up our first spinnaker of the crossing as we sail into a ridge of high pressure. With nice weather, lots of candy bars, and calm seas, we are excited for the next few thousand miles!
Caitlin Murphy (on my first trans-Atlantic)
Nach dem vielseitigen Auftakt segeln wir mit frischem WInd aus S-SE in die Flaute. Der Seegang bleibt, der Wind bleibt weg. Diese Konstellation verursacht Dümpelei und schlagende Segel. Der auf dem Wasser liegende Seenebel variiert in seiner Intensität und macht schließlich der von oben wärmenden Sonne Platz.
Die verdrehte Halterung am Mastrutscher bereitet immer noch Probleme und Gerd nestelt erneut. Sobald wir das vorübergehend halb geborgene Segel wieder aufgeheißen kommt wieder Wind auf. Toller Segelwind, bei S-SE 4-5 Beaufort gleitet die CHARISMA durch die sonnenbeschienen Nebelbänke. Neufundlandwetter vom Feinsten ...
Am Abend ist es dann aber mit der zusätzlichen Brise vorbei. Die See glättet sich, die Atlantikdünung bleibt. Wir entscheiden uns zum Vorsegelwechsel. Die solide und gut geschnittene Genua III hat bei den bisherigen Windbedingungen von 4-6 Beaufort am Wind bestens gestanden. Nun ist es jedoch Zeit für die größere Genua II mit der wir uns mehr Variabilität bei den folgenden Windschwankungen versprechen.
Die CHARISMA treibt in der Flaute. Wir bergen das Großsegel, da die Halterung am Mastrutscher weiterhin Probleme bereitet. Nach diversen Versuchen bekommen Gerd und Karl mit Schraubzwinge und Rohrzange die Segellattenhalterung zum Mastrutscher wieder ins richtige Maß gedreht. Perfektes Teamwork zwischen Techniker und Ingenieur, Boat-Captain und Navigator!
Wir heißen das Großsegel wieder auf - nun steht es bestens - und bergen es wieder. Das schlagende Großsegel bringt in der Flaute keine Performance und leidet nur. Wir probieren es mit der Genua, doch auch das Tuch schlägt aufgrund der Dünung ins Rigg. Nach unserem Abendessen mit lecker zubereiteten Nudeln gibt es Obstsalat. Für die Nacht rollen wir das Vorsegel ein, treiben im Atlantik und die Wachen observieren die Naturbedingungen.
As expected, we had all of everything in the
first 24 hours from start: Heavy rain, variable to strong winds, reefs, thunderstorms and fog.
To get familiar with the environment, we changed helm every half an hour after the start. With dinner (spaghetti Bolognese prepared by Stefan and Horst) we settled in our watch system. The new sails performing well - jib and mainsail were up, depending on the wind reefed or not.
Currently, we are suffering old seas and light Winds - speed 3 knots. What a difference to the speed of 8 knots this morning. Anyway - everything goes well on board - the captain is now catching up sleep after a busy night.
Constantin & Crew on SY CHARISMA
Been a busy day on Pata Negra since the 11am start this morning. A short tacking battle at the start between the rocks and current added an "inshore" feel to this 3,000 mile race. About 1 hour later, things settled down onto being full close hauled to Starboard as we headed for the south of Nantucket Island and the shoals around it.
We've settled now into our 3,3,4 watch system that was put together brilliantly by Aladin. 3 hrs working the boat, 3 on standby and 4 in bed. Wea're in pairs doing this so I'm with Jens (who's joined us from Finland) and it keeps 6 on deck or ready all the time.
I've just finished a Chicken Stirfry (Not Freeze dried! :) ) which seemed to have done the trick with all considering its been raining all day. At one point, so hard we could fill water bottles from the flood pouring off the main... wind has been generally steady but lifted us really nicely upto the waypoint, meaning no tacks.
The run up to this event is always stressful - there's a hell of a lot to do in ensuring the team and boat are ready for 2-3weeks at sea safely. But at the start today, I (along with others on the crew) could feel the stress of on shore life just disappear. Offshore racing is not everyone's cup of tea, but the incredible feeling where you feel a team building stronger together, collaborating and focussing on a common task is amazing. With the vast experience on this boat that has come as far as Australia, Chile (sort of!), France and the UK, you can feel a want to win... we're definitely focused on it.
Catch you all soon! Will have some photos when the rain stops (Friday???!)
Chris on Pata Negra
Aloha from Hiro Maru. All is well, crew are getting use to the new environment, including foul weather gear, has been pouring rain the last few hours. Have been mostly close hauled, looking forward to the marks at Nantucket Shoals where we will be changing to kites. Good pressure thus far, hopefully can stay within the small low as it moves. Vietnamese Chicken and rice on the menu tonight will certainly taste good. Hiro Maru out.
Pata Negra is pretty well ready for the race now after a few very busy days by the crew under the leadership of Andy Lis (Skipper). Jens & Rob have been stars driving all around the town as we got all ready as there is always something/someone needs getting somewhere. Although it was a busy day, a few of us were able to watch the fantastic flag raising / cannon from the New York Yacht Club at 8am (exactly) who are hosting this incredible race.
11am today we'll set off.... I'll send you all updates as we go, but to save distraction and the satellite costs, please don't reply.
Attached are photos of Pata Negra (sitting stern to on a NYYC mooring), the incredible club house at Newport and our table at the dinner last night.
Chris on Pata Negra