FROM 1-17. Fastnet Race 2005 (with qualifier)

Aug 07, 2005 - 1351hrs UTC

1351hrs 07 Aug 2005 UTC 50’37”N 001’38”E

This is what we came here to do – wooohooo!

Conservative start -100 metres from the line, picked the right (north) end slowest class first off so had the whole fleet behind us for most of the way to Hurst except for a few that got away even further north. Big hole at Hurst near Shingles – big boats and us going round in circles – now out of it, in SE breeze about 15 kts. Looks as if we will take the outside line from here – Think there may be more pressure out here. Will tack to lay Portland and hope there’s enough wind to take us over the tide. That’s the tricky bit. We’re still way ahead of a lot of boats and the insiders near Anvil Pt don’t seem to be doing as well. Fingers crossed.

[ed: and a short mention on the Fastnet site here]

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