STORM, STORM, STORM

No one said it would be easy but soon after the race start the conditions turned from difficult to extreme.There were about to be two depressions but it’ll be three. And the length and power of the horror has multiplied of what was forecasted. It has been merciless for every boat and skipper.

  Forecasts in the skippers’ meeting day before the start. 

Nov 5th: Last night one of the lazy jack ropes got caught by one of the mainsail’s batten cars. Finally, I had to go up the mast to sort it out. The only way out was to cut the rope and tie it again. I switched to solent from the fractional code5, and rigged the staysail in place. All ok now.

 

Nov 6th: What a night. +40 knots of wind and terrible waves. It seems a bit better for a moment > breakfast and rest. Good mood. Just gotta keep myself and the boat safe.

Nov 6th: All good again. Heading South. Sea temperature 19. Should be getting more West to avoid headwind near Southern Spain. Anyway, according to the forecast this should work.

Big and messy waves are a major risk for all boats in the race. A lot of damage has been done already. 

Nov 6th. Strong headwind and bumpy road continues for the 4th day in a row. Nevertheless #Ariel2 and her crew are doing fine. Spirits are high. I am still super happy to be in this race with my 😍 #imoca.

 

Nov 7th. Bad morning. Wind sensor gone from the the mast. Fixing ahead.

Two tired but strong voyageurs.