Rock rock til you drop, rock rock never stop.
Skippers: Kate Cope / Claire Dresser
Tue 6 Aug 2019 04:36
The day started beautifully with fantastic views of the Isles of Scilly. I’ve tried 3 times to get there, sat in Falmouth waiting for a weather window, but failed. Now they were in view, I could see the famous sandy beaches and yachts moored, I’ve never been so close before. It was hard to sail past but sail past we must, the Scillies mist wait for another trip.
Wind was SW and started about 17kts, sun was shining all very pleasant. Then as per forecast it kept increasing and as the wind grew so did the waves. By midday we were heeled over , green waves drenching the deck and the crew, and steering hard work. Still 80miles to go as well which is more than a channel crossing and most of us felt a bit queasy. Time to dig deep as we have all day and all night of this.
Another headsail change as the wind was up to 24kts, this time we did it before it got dark . Still it was a wet affair with Bobby and I getting multiple soakings.
It’s now 5am and we are coming up on the Fastnet TSS. Time to don the 3 Layers of wet oilies for another 3hrs on deck though this watch I have the reward of rounding the rock