Crew from the Ark to the Arc
Henry and Marina Lupton
Fri 20 Nov 2009 18:15
We cant believe the weather reports from back home.
Joan Cormac and Dermot arrived yesterday, had they tried to day they would not have been able to leave county Galway.
Bad enough with the french beating us at handball.
Hopefully we won't encounter weather systems like that enroute. Forecast is good right now and it tends to be very steady at this time of the year. Water temp has cooled which is the initiator of the hurricanes. Hence everyone waits until this time of the year to go east.
The extra hands helped tick off some of the outstanding jobs. Its much easier get up the mast with folk to help bounce the halyard.
In true fashion each little job is more difficult than planned, takes ,longer and invariably involves a trip to the chandler.
The deck light bulb was blown, the replacements bulb, plus a sparea, plus the replacement pulley block that I spotted in the morning plus the bit of rope we needed meant that the bulb ended up costing over €50. On the way down the mast i spotted the main pin holding the forestay (and the mast) up was not fully retained by its split pin. Two items ticked off the list, one more added. Better to spot these things in port than underway!
Provisioning is underway in earnest. Its amazing the amount of food and drink taken on board each boat. Joan and Lara are packing as I type. Seems the lads were in the way so we are refreshing ourselves in the sailors bar ahem... Well we were up the mast earlier and stuff.
I suspect our blogs will be boring from now on with food being the highlight of the day. Although if the delivery legs are anything to go by I will not be too interested in food for a few days. I've given up on the antisickness drugs and the electro acupunture watch only distracts you with shocks which is even more unpleasant that feeling seasick.
Huge numbers of people arrived in the last few days. The place is really buzzing. Anticipation is building. The farewell party is tonight as folk tend to take it easy the night before the race.
The organisers fitted the 'yellow brick' to the boat today. We are in the racing fleet but there are few others in that category with biminis, spray hoods, water makers, furlers and tons of books. Cants see us losing sleep over trim settings either. The whole fleet sends in a message once a day via satelite phone or ham radio giving their position. This is then put up on a google earth showing all the boats location together. The yellow brick sends this postion automatically every 6 hours so its a bit more up to date for the paranoid racers ( I'm cured despite what many think!).
This position report will be of particular interest to Ms Doyles class in Strandhill National School who already have us on the wall chart courtesy of my niece Eimer.
The link to this viewer is http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/viewer.aspx .but it wont show anything until next sunday.
Regards to all at GBSC. We are missing the laying up supper this saturday. Our thoughts are really with Michael, Miriam and Pascal who were supposed to be heading off with us.
Pa and Mir have been planning this with us for ages and were in the thick of all the organising and boat deliveries ( of Beoga and previous boats). Its the toughest place to be right now. As MIchael says the Atlantic isnt going anywhere (although much of it is being sucked up and dropped on Ireland right now) and the boat needs to come back home too.
Better go here. The lads beer glasses are empty and they are glancing around for the waitress.