• The Bermuda Triangle Plays The Devil




    The Scallywags are in the Bermuda Triangle also known as the Devil’s Triangle. Maybe this is why all the breeze disappeared!

    Another update from Navigator Miles Seddon:
    After a slow and painful night ghosting along through very light winds, we are now through into the NE'ly winds and pointing directly
    at the finish line.

    We knew we needed to be West to get around the lightest of the winds, and last night was about striking a balance between being west enough to avoid the lightest patches, and also giving us a fast angle to Bermuda in the new NE'ly winds.





    Right now we are outside of the record pace, bouncing along at 15kn tight reaching towards Bermuda, expecting to be off the finish line around 5pm Local time tomorrow. Since p AFter a slow and painful night ghosting along through very light winds, we are now through into the NE'ly winds and pointing directly at the finish line.

    We knew we needed to be West to get around the lightest of the winds, and last night was about striking a balance between being west enough to avoid the lightest patches, and also giving us a fast angle to Bermuda in the new NE'ly winds.

    Right now we are outside the record pace, bouncing along at 15kn tight reaching towards Bermuda, expecting to be at the finish line around 5pm Local time tomorrow. Since passing into the Ne'lys it’s gotten a little cooler, which means its much easier to sleep below deck now.





    Making it work We’ve had a pretty great start to the Antigua Bermuda Race so far!

    Tacking up the coast of Antigua, we had a good position amongst the fleet as we cracked off towards Barbuda. As the smallest boat it the fleet, it was nice to see a couple boats behind us

    We took insight from our 2 past years doing this race, and avoided heading east as much as possible. So to the west of Barbuda we went, blasting under A3, then taking it down around sunset to preserve some height (and the crew) for the battles ahead. It was hard to see the open 40, Raucous, approach and pass us yesterday morning, and even harder not to follow them jib reaching due north. But we were patient and held our course preparing for the best positioning for the wind holes ahead.

    So we worked with what we had. Sure the Code 0 would’ve been perfect, but we don’t have that sail (yet). So we tried double slotting with the jib and a reefed staysail, and then eventually we hoisted the A3 with full staysail and have been running that combo at hot angles ever since

    Currently squeezing 6-7 knots boat speed in breeze not too much stronger than that. Driving must be fine tuned and precise to maintain momentum and keep the kite filled. Small light air patches ahead, but with a slow residual swell and a slightly reachy angle, we can keep Hermes moving ahead
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