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This week we have made our start at the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), which is the Americans’ opportunity to sail inside the Atlantic coastline from Norfolk in the Chesapeake Bay to Key West on the southern tip of Florida - a total of app. 1300 miles. From Norfolk, which is Mile Zero on the ICW, you can either sail through the Virginia Cut or through the beautiful Dismal Swamp Canal with the catchy slogan. “Do the Dismal”.
Loick Peyron who has won the Ultimate class for the 2014 Route Du Rhum with a new race record. Loick was the substitute Skipper who replaced Armel Le Cléac'h who was injured just prior to the race. He has dedicated the win to Banque Populaire's injured skipper who shared his strategies, technical data and practical tips when Loick took over the Banque Populaire for the race.
If people still believed that you would improve at your workplace by spending a challenging weekend in the woods, sleeping in bivouacs, and killing your own supper, cruisers should be at a premium at the labour market, when they return home. Sometimes it’s just like the challenges are lined up waiting for you to take care of it – also even though the challenges might be self-inflicted.
Conrad Humphreys the british Skipper from Plymouth, racing the Class 40 "Cat Phones" was making good progress, great speeds and caught up some miles, but then disaster struck when he was dismasted yesterday afternoon, putting him out of the race. A bitterly disappointed Conrad has received some diesel from a passing ship and is now heading for the Portuguese mainland.
We are really pleased to announce that the winners of the competition to win a Paddleboard at the recent Route Du Rhum event was won by...
Skippers and now getting into the rhythm at sea, sea sickness gone, first hot meals! Weather improving for the Ultimates. The Biscay and Portuguese Atlantic coast line is still seeing an unsettled south westerly airflow for the Class 40's, Rhum Class.
In the first three days about 15% of the race boats have entered port for repairs. Read the rules to understand what penalties they incur and how it works...
The first day of racing was difficult with squally conditions. The Skippers and crews have had a hectic last month preparing for the race. The first three days of the race will be the most difficult with the (TSS Traffic Separation Scheme Shipping Lanes), other competitors and the weather! Grey Power and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston headed North away from the pack into clearer waters and reefed sensibly down so as not to damage the boat at this early stage.
With strong wind conditions last night, now the front has passed through, winds have dropped, but still peaking at 40 knots, big confused seas. No Skippers were injured they are all safe. Read on for round up of the nights racing. Several skippers announced their retirement due to damage.
The Route du Rhum race started at 14.00 2 November 2014. Thirty minutes into the race a rain squall with heavy rain obliterated the fleet. Many boats were heavily reefed at the start of the race in anticipation of the squally weather.
To get to Washington D.C. by boat, you need to sail about a 100 nautical miles up the Potomac River and the same 100 nautical miles down again to get back. If you leave the boat in Baltimore or Annapolis instead, it will take you only an hour by bus or train to get there.
Watch this video of manoeuvring an 18 meter Dutch Tjalk Barge for sale with Boatshed Bourgogne. This live aboard Dutch barge has retained much of its original character including the original tiller steering. Watch this video to see just how easy it is to manoeuvre an 18 meter Dutch Tjalk in tightconditions.
With only 3 days to go before the Route de Rhum race boats leave St Malo for Guadeloupe. The boat teams and skippers are doing last minute checks to ensure the 3,500 mile race goes damage free.
When Henrik tells about our trip, he usually says that he likes to sail and I like to go places. I find the places, I would like to go to, Henrik gets us there, and I figure out what to see, when we are there. Sometimes Henrik objects a little to the things I want to do and see, but my enthusiasm isn't too big either, when we sailing against the wind or sailing overnight.
The official opening of the Route du Rhum event in St Malo started today.
We safely tied up around 09:15 am 22nd October - one hour after sunrise. The last 9 hours found us trying to dodge storm cells, with strong winds invisibly shifting and driving Angel Louise in acceleration with mighty gusts on her head sail at times. The worst squalls happened sometime between 01.00 and 02.00 as we were off Porto Santo - inside of the 20 mile radar and vision of the lights and loom of Porto Santo.
The brief was easy.....Go to St Malo and exhibit Boatshed's talents at the Route du Rhum Ocean Race.....
Even though it was a bit wistful to leave New York after three fantastic months there, we were excited to set off, and Henrik was especially excited to go sailing again. On a sunny Sunday morning we left New York and sailed with the current out into the heavy traffic south of Manhattan and past the Statue of Liberty, where we both had to pinch our arms, imagine sitting on your own boat below the Statue of Liberty!
We have now reached the end of our summer stay in New York. For little over three months we have belonged on a mooring on the Hudson River, and it’s been an incredible experience, but now we are also ready now to move on and see new things – and Henrik is also looking forward to start sailing again.
Plymouth Sound 28th September......Ski Racing