Date: Monday, 22 November [06:30 UTC]
A carnival was held at the Las Palmas Marina on Sunday to see the yachts
off for the 25th ARC. The run up to the start of the race was very spectacular
with many well-wishers clapping and waving as the yachts headed out of the
marina for the start line. The Division 1 yachts started 20 minutes ahead of the
rest of the fleet.
Weather was perfect for the start, but the winds were a little light.
Jockeying for position on the start line was very well managed by Skipper
Campbell ensuring that we kept well out of harms way whilst remaining on the
right side of the start line before the starting gun was fired.
It was approximately 4 hours or so before the winds started to freshen to a
F4-5. ‘Ocean Hobo’ being a heavy displacement yacht, requires a F4 to really get
moving off the wind.
Evening dinner was prepared by Dermot, Jimmy and Joe and served up to the
crew in their very own dog bowls! (See the pictures if you don’t believe
Steady progress has been made throughout Sunday night/Monday morning
leaving us approximately 60 miles west of the African Coast (South Morocco). We
have been sailing almost due south from Gran Canaria and the intention is to get
an up to date forecast via satellite and the MailaSail service this morning
before deciding what course to steer later today. Our average speed (over the
ground) is 6.8 knots.
‘Ocean Hobo’ has been performing very well so far and the crew are now
starting to settle down into a routine of watches or shifts. We did have an
issue with the battery charging system which was traced by Charlie to an
incorrectly terminated wire. The electrician who installed the new engine and
domestic batteries attached a switching wire to to wrong battery causing a
‘split’ between the engine and yacht power circuits. After a 3 hour period of
trouble-shooting, the fault was identified and promptly rectified ensuring that
the 5 batteries could be recharged. Had we not been able to fix this fault, we
would have had to return to Las Palmas.
Another interesting day lies ahead for us all and we will keep you
appraised of our progress.
Kind regards from the Skipper and Crew.
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