ARC Day 1 - Razzmatazz light winds and furler issues
Position 26:24.20N 016:39.27W
Date 1300 UTC Monday 22 November 2010
What a show! We had not
really given much thought to what getting away would be like, other than to
realise that getting everything away, cycles, the passerelle etc., would be
hard work with just two of us. The city and marina of
Boats were leaving the
marina from 1000 onwards. We eventually slipped at 1225 by which time the
marina was looking like a ghost town. Martin played Auld Lang Syne to the
crowds on the breakwater as we passed, to acclamation and
We crossed the start line 5 minutes after the gun in a light north easterly breeze but having been given dire warnings of the acceleration zone around the south east of island kept to plain sail. Being rapidly left behind we changed to the gennaker but did not dare risk the cruising chute because of the forecast wind and being only the two of us. The wind of course never materialised and it was well to south of the island before we hoisted the chute at 1800.
The chute, on its repaired furler stayed up until midnight when the soft shackle at the tack parted company and there followed over an hour of very hard work getting the b***** thing back on the deck and bagged and the gennaker back up. Overnight this game will have cost us 20nm plus the 5 nm of being under canvassed during the afternoon. However nothing ventured I managed to construct a replacement soft shackle and at first light we reversed the procedure, reassembled the chute and furler and exchanged gennaker for chute once more. There is definitely a love hate relationship developing here between Elizabeth and I on the one hand and this malevolent but very useful bit of kit.
On the very plus side,