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The first day of racing was difficult with squally conditions. The Skippers and crews have had a hectic last month preparing for the race. The first three days of the race will be the most difficult with the (TSS Traffic Separation Scheme Shipping Lanes), other competitors and the weather! Grey Power and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston headed North away from the pack into clearer waters and reefed sensibly down so as not to damage the boat at this early stage.
With strong wind conditions last night, now the front has passed through, winds have dropped, but still peaking at 40 knots, big confused seas. No Skippers were injured they are all safe. Read on for round up of the nights racing. Several skippers announced their retirement due to damage.
The Route du Rhum race started at 14.00 2 November 2014. Thirty minutes into the race a rain squall with heavy rain obliterated the fleet. Many boats were heavily reefed at the start of the race in anticipation of the squally weather.
As 10 days of the Route de Rhum Race Village draws to a close and the race gets underway we share a few videos of this weeks activity.
To get to Washington D.C. by boat, you need to sail about a 100 nautical miles up the Potomac River and the same 100 nautical miles down again to get back. If you leave the boat in Baltimore or Annapolis instead, it will take you only an hour by bus or train to get there.
Watch this video of manoeuvring an 18 meter Dutch Tjalk Barge for sale with Boatshed Bourgogne. This live aboard Dutch barge has retained much of its original character including the original tiller steering. Watch this video to see just how easy it is to manoeuvre an 18 meter Dutch Tjalk in tightconditions.
With only 3 days to go before the Route de Rhum race boats leave St Malo for Guadeloupe. The boat teams and skippers are doing last minute checks to ensure the 3,500 mile race goes damage free.
When Henrik tells about our trip, he usually says that he likes to sail and I like to go places. I find the places, I would like to go to, Henrik gets us there, and I figure out what to see, when we are there. Sometimes Henrik objects a little to the things I want to do and see, but my enthusiasm isn't too big either, when we sailing against the wind or sailing overnight.
The official opening of the Route du Rhum event in St Malo started today.
We safely tied up around 09:15 am 22nd October - one hour after sunrise. The last 9 hours found us trying to dodge storm cells, with strong winds invisibly shifting and driving Angel Louise in acceleration with mighty gusts on her head sail at times. The worst squalls happened sometime between 01.00 and 02.00 as we were off Porto Santo - inside of the 20 mile radar and vision of the lights and loom of Porto Santo.
The brief was easy.....Go to St Malo and exhibit Boatshed's talents at the Route du Rhum Ocean Race.....
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 12:06: We are at sea for the next 450 miles, now doing 4.6 mph! So far a little choppy for our tender stomachs. 2 weeks without moving leaves us unprepared for movements on the boat.
It is said that cruising is fixing boats in exotic places, but apparently it is also true for cruising in non-exotic places. During our three months stay in New York City, we had very few problems with the boat and had happily forgotten how it really is to be a boat owner. Now reality has hit us again, and Henrik has spent a lot of his time this week with our normally very reliable 28 hp Volvo Penta engine.
The Magic of Rhum.....
Even the best, most treasured race boats, might, one day, be put up for sale by their owners. When that happens, professional images of a boat at her most impressive will help market her and will contribute very significantly to achieving a quick sale at the best price.
Even though it was a bit wistful to leave New York after three fantastic months there, we were excited to set off, and Henrik was especially excited to go sailing again. On a sunny Sunday morning we left New York and sailed with the current out into the heavy traffic south of Manhattan and past the Statue of Liberty, where we both had to pinch our arms, imagine sitting on your own boat below the Statue of Liberty!
Those of you who popped by the Boatshed Stand at the PSP International Boat Show will know that we ran a competition with a fantastic prize of a Stand Up Paddleboard. To enter all you had to do was answer a few simple questions:
We have now reached the end of our summer stay in New York. For little over three months we have belonged on a mooring on the Hudson River, and it’s been an incredible experience, but now we are also ready now to move on and see new things – and Henrik is also looking forward to start sailing again.
The PSP International Boat Show is always a fantastic marine extravaganza and a favourite for Boatshed, a long time supporter of this key industry event. Over 112,000 visitors attended the show and were treated to an awesome spectacle of all things boaty and 10 days of glorious weather! We talked to thousands of visitors at the show about why Boatshed is the best option for selling and buying boats - statistics demonstrate that we sell boats twice as fast as other brokers!
Plymouth Sound 28th September......Ski Racing