The good ship EH01 is now over her first 24 hour sail in this year’s ARC race. We had a fantastic send off yesterday. Many people were cheering and singing, DJs were playing while all the boats were leaving the marina in Las Palmas. EH01 crew was very excited and ready to sail across the big pond.
The start was amazing with hundreds of boats circling around outside the marina waiting for their respective starts. It was a fairly breezy day and we encountered even more after the first 2-3 hours of the race. The wind picked up to 35-40 knots in the acceleration zone on the south-east side of the island which kept boats and their crews on their toes. Boats were broaching, dropping sails around us, kites were blown up so it was definitely an action packed afternoon.
We also had a few little issues with changing sails and putting reefs in, however we managed to overcome all our problems. We spent the night with only our headsail up so that the crew could settle into the night watch routine and get comfortable with driving the boat. Especially, that it was a fairly busy night with squalls arriving one after the other.
However, today is a new day with the sun out and a big smile on our faces. We are now back in full power, doing about 9 knots SOG and slowly catching up with our fleet…..because we never give up!