ARC Log Day 1
ARC 2007 Log
Date 25 11 07
12.40 28 08N 15 25W Wind N. 20 Kts. One of the last boats to leave we
slipped our mooring in Las Palmas Marina and headed out past the
crowds lining the breakwater and out to the start arriving with come two
minutes to go.
13.00 We passed over the line to begin
the 2,700 plus passage to
After a good start we headed out into a large swell and confused sea
in the company of some 230 other boats. A splendid sight in the bright
afternoon sunshine. With the wind gusting to 30 plus kts few boats risked
flying a spinnaker.
We soon sighted rival SM2000 Abora ahead. We overhauled him only to be
overhauled ourselves by Abora some time later. We soon recovered our lead.
14.00 Just one hour after passing over the start line and the boats are well spread out
to the west and east of us – by several miles. The jockeying for position
between Bootlegger and Abora continued for the rest of the afternoon which
saw us surfing along at over 10 kts over the ground at times.
17.00 27 11. 07 N 15 18 52 W Wind NNW 24 kts.
18.30 We finally lost sight of Abora some three miles to the east of us in the fading
light. As the evening set in the wind decreased . The course steered 232
21.00 27’ 27.29 N 15’37.42W. The wind is now down to NNW 6 kts giving us a
boat speed of 2.6 kts! The determined watch system will roll over
every four days. The watches for the first four days are 21.00 – 00.00
Ray, 03.00 to 06.00 Mike and myself 06.00 – 09.00.
came on watch.
00.00 27 19.2N 15 43.7W. The wind has dropped to 3 kts giving us a boat speed of 1.5 kts
Bearing 254 degrees. EMc