Isle of Purbeck , Are we racing or not?

Purple Mist
Skippers: Kate Cope / Claire Dresser
Sat 25 May 2019 16:50

This morning was very light winds so after waving to the RORC Myth of Malham fleet we motored off ahead of them. The wind filled in about noon and we started sailing, although with the wind on the nose it was a beat.
About 2pm the plotter is showing the RORC fleet catching up so despite the fact we are really cruising and only have the small jib on I decided to get in and start short tacking in the back eddy off the isle of purbeck

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What super fun , as I’m never up with these IRC 1 boats it’s a real novelty to be mixing it up with InoXXX and Redshift both Fast 40. We went in really close to the cliffs and the penguins were excited to spot the guillemots nesting in the cliffs.
Dancing ledge was busy with bathers, walkers and climbers

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So lots of inshore tacks dodging lobster pots. I should add this was all single handed as my director of electronics is being seduced by the expedition routing software so is stuck to a laptop. We rounded St Albans and Buzz came past us.

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This is the most fun I’ve ever had not racing !!! If the wind dies and I fall behind I can shove the engine on for a bit and catch them all up again.

Now we are tacking to Portland Bill where the tide is with us so hoping for a nice push westwards to Dartmouth where a crab lunch awaits us tomorrow. yum yum