Category: 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race

Day 3 – sailing!

After 2 days of working on the boat in the marina and dodging rain squalls, we finally headed out into the Solent to get sails up and calibrate the instruments. The compass, speed were spot on, and the wind instruments confirmed it was blowy.
Crew were a bit slow to get going after the long evening yesterday, some considering they were suffering from food poisoning- an unlikely theory.
Rolex stickers now on the boat, food on board, save for Shelagh’s run cake (big thank you!), and after another tune up tomorrow we’ll be ready for the off. The supporters club has charted a motorboat to come out and watch the start, which will be the largest in offshore racing ever. Having the supporters on the water with us, at least as far as the Needles, will be special.

Day 2 Boat Prep Fastnet 2017

Day 2 of boat prep is underway in driving rain and 35 knots of breeze. The sun briefly showed so we got our battle flag launched for a brief test. 


The prod is on to make our Swan 44 become a Swan 50. Pete proudly leans on it. We probably stripped 1000lbs of gear off the boat so really hoping we don’t need spares during the race. All else is good and our router Paul spent a few hours going over where to go and why and what to avoid. With 400 boats it is going to be busy. Now watching the long range weather and plotting tide gates and other challenges.


Tomorrow is rig tune and sailing, gonna be great, Go Lindy!

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