RORC St Malo Race
Frustration and calm on the seas, I think this sums up our St Malo race over the weekend.
The forecast was always for light airs but as a crew we hoped the breeze would come, sending us off on our way towards St Malo and our 1st race of the campaign. Unfortunately this didn’t happen, Instead we had light airs.
This did give us the chance as a crew to practice and sharpen our skills with sail changes, spinnakers and helming.
Our first day started off with promise, a gentle 10knts of wind, saw us cross the start line under spinnaker before a wind shift, meant the second half towards the Needles was a beat.
Once past we set course and headed towards our first waypoint. Sadly as the night drew in, the wind dropped and the tide turned. With us going backwards at 3knts we had no option but to drop the anchor and wait it out for 6 hours. After 5 hrs the wind picked up, the tide slackened and we were off again. Not excellent steaming but moving!
We had a critical tidal gate that we had to pass in order to have any hope of finishing. But as the morning came, the wind died and we where once again left bobbing around in a glassy sea. After a chat with the crew and long looks at the wind we came to the difficult disscision of choosing to retire. We managed 120nm but the last 40nm would of taken us an additional 2 days.
Always disappointing to retire from a race but lots of positive things to take away from the weekend. As a team we are really coming together, working hard with trim/sail choices, getting used to the boat and life onboard. Very happy with the progress and can’t wait for the next race.
Bring on the Channel race and fingers crossed some breeze!!