Team Japan and New Zealand rounding the 1st mark. TNZ went on to win. Even though behind due to nice wind shift on the 1st leg..
Here a classic Richie Photo. Team Japan sailing by there flag at exactly the same time Oracle USA
sailing by the American Flag.
More photos of Day 2
Another day of upsets and near misses. However No collisions. We leave the dock at 1000-1100 and head over to the course. We fight for a spot on the course edge and wait until the races start. Lunch on the fly watching the racing with excellent on board insight from Paul Cayard.. He has a blog at Cayard Sailing which gives great detail on the races. However todays upset was Team France winning the Start and holding off Artemis and all the challenges they threw at them. well done Les Blues..
Who is Hugo Supporting? Answers ao a Postcard Please. To Rosehearty..
Who do we think Hugo supports?
1 and 1 the same result as TNZ, Soft Bank and BAR with oracle 2 for 2 and France Winless
Pre Crash they looked fast...Which was a surprise.
More from Yesterday
Another one from today..
Rosehearty at the cup..They got much closer...Much..but we were too surprised to get the photo..
Wow just Wow..What an amazing event. We are here front and center. We have been in the team bases and seen the boats up and close. One thing after today is no one will have a huge speed advantage over the others. It will take team work form the boatbuilders the coaches everyone. See www.americascup.com We will post our version of the experience everyday but the real story is on the "other " web site..
88m Feadship...56m Perini Navi..40m Feadship
So we tied up stern to, Ordinance Island and walked over the Causeway to clear Customs. When you park beside an 88m boat belonging to a certain Mr. Ellison it is prudent not to scratch his anchor.. But that means our anchors had to go around his bow to keep us up to windward on the dock. Nest day it blew 50knots here and we severely tested our Anchors and there placement. It was nice to hide behind Mushashi but out rigs exposed us to the winds and we were heeled over but safe..Might have rubbed his Bulbous Bow a bit...$%&$%&!!
We arrived off Spit bouy. Ready to go straight in to our spot at the the dock ,Ordinance Island. For Customs clearance and formalities...
However. at sea, it was a busy morning and everything waits for cruise ships here, and when you see the size of them there is a good reason we were asked to wait. 2 in and 1 out..These boats are so big now they can not get into St Georges Harbour. A pity for the town as this was the revenue generator for most people here. However as you can see it is not a big entrance and in an East wind and a big sea, they do close it off to traffic., We did get in to the harbour easily and it was nice to be back.. Had a nice breakwater to tie too also..
We kept coming North at a fair pace. Trying to race a front in to Bermuda. We have averaged 13.5 knots for 68 hours and we are nearly in. Weather was less than forecast with only a few hours of rain and squalls of up to 30 knots through he frontal boundary..And then 6 hours later...This.
We Tend to travel under Sail assisted motor when delivering. Many reasons , Schedule, wind direction and Strength. Here we are loping along at 13 knots a day out of Antigua. All is well onboard and work continues while the watch keepers, 2 people on for 4 hours and off for 8 hours, keep a watch rota running. the boat never sleeps. We should be 3 days on this delivery into Bermuda. Where it will soon become very busy..
We have had nearly a month in Antigua, at the dock in Falmouth Harbor. Lots of work going on the sailing system. Sails off to the loft for repairs (the mainsail is 1.5 tons!) and some big engineering works on the main boom, the feeder system for the mainsail. In between there were nice times with old friends. Interesting to be there when the 30th Classic Yacht Regatta was on as well as all the action of the 50th Antigua sailing week. We have departed now and are headed up to St Georges in Bermuda. Another favorite spot. Americas Cup here we come!!
Underway again tonight back to Falmouth Antigua. a great cruise over and looking forward to Bermuda and the Americas Cup. The moon is bright tonight as we Tow Waldo past Martinique going North..