Sunday, August 22, 2010
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race
Tomorrow at 0600hrs PDT, 30 international yachts will begin the 2010 Sevenstar Race Round Britain and Ireland (RBIR). This 1802 nautical mile clockwise circumnavigation will take a little more than seven days, depending on the weather.
There is also a simulated race available on line at Virtual Regatta. Keyboard skippers will have to contend with real time winds and currents.
I will be tracking Boats of Interest on a couple of sites, this included.
Today, I will warm up by racing in my real (wet) local waters!
The start went well for Open Container.
So well, in fact that four hours into the race, she had attained perfection. (See the large blue boat skimming the shore of East Sussex.)
At this point it was time to leave for fooking w-o-r-k.
I had to turn the helm over to Otto. I gave him one simple instruction:
He didn't get it.
The rest is history.....
Here is that history:
At first glance, it would appear that high-flying OKDiver1 has abandoned the race.
But that is not the case.
He's just a sailor who is convinced the weather prediction will pan out. A strong westerly is expected within 3 hours.
He has taken an early starboard tack to set up a long port tack to fetch the Shetland Islands. (See the green dot on the lower lefthand corner of this shot.)
He's paid a lot in positions to do this, but location is ultimately more important that ranking.
Personally, I would not have taken this approach. But I would never bet against OKDiver1!
Only time will tell!