On June 26, the all-Leonard all-American crew took to the 114- mile race course for the de Guingand Bowl. We raced against Class40 #26 Sensation.
This marked the first race for Anna and Tracy, and the day could not have been nicer. Okay, it could have been windier, but it was sunny and flat for most of the day, and we had minimal foul weather gear on. There were stories and laughter off the Isle of Wight, dolphins off Brighton, and at the end of the race, a first place finish off Cowes.
Overall, we had a good day yesterday. It was lovely to start with a daylight rounding of Tuskar Rock. It is quite pretty and we didn’t see it last year. Then, the run down SE Ireland was pretty smooth with a few big wind holes that kept us active.
This morning saw us round Fastnet in daylight as well. We’re in bigger breeze now, enjoying it while we can. Hope you all have a good day.
Kite crossed the finish line in 10th place tonight and is headed back to the Solent. The race committee hospitality was fantastic. The RIB that met Kite came bearing pizza, champagne and beer for both crew.
Here’s the official tweet from the Normandy Channel Race web site:
Wow, what a 30 hours. We came into Lands End expecting not much and instead had 30+. Was it some funneling at the point? No, we carried it well into the Channel. As we weren’t expecting that much, we didn’t have our storm jib set up and so took the easy route and tried to earn some miles under a double-reefed main. We didn’t know that there was a party get-together in the anchorage. So, we carried on through a very windy night and Friday seeing sustained forty knots for a short while even. In the end, we did pay a price for all the extra fun as our J1 came unfurled and damaged itself and the J2 before we got it all under control again.
So, all is well aboard Kite though the crew look a bit haggard. At least we’ll have a colorful finish with our bright orange storm jib up.
We were having a great blast down from Tuskar Rock when a challenge presented itself. We had wind up to 31 kts and were putting in a second reef when the boom – mainsheet attachment failed. We had to slow down for several hours to get control of the situation and set up a temporary solution. We are now back on our way.
In all of that, it has been another spectactular day with a lot of wild life including the first sighting of a baeleric shearwater amongst many graceful seabirds.
Tuskar Rock was spectactular. We hope to see it in the daytime next year.