Hey Barra. I'd highly recommend the Atlantic odyssey. I was a bit suss On doing a rally as well but it's really been an awesome experience and great to share it with a lot of new friends as well. Next year they will be doing one that cruises the canaries
before departing and they also have a choice of dates ranging from nov to jan.
We tried a couple of things whe the low hit us, ranging from hove to, to shy reaching. We ended up shy reaching for the worst of it with no main, fully reefed jib
lashed hard over. This had is sailing north a about 3K into the NW swell which was safe and comfortable. We relaxed as much as we could while Sephina handled herself until, the wind
abated enough to get back on course. We could have continued on our SW course through the worst of it but we opted to take the more comfortable option. We definitely could have gone a lot faster than we did. Early on we were flying the parasailor in 30K true overnight and surfing at over 15K but after a 38K parasailor take down In the night and feeling like we dodged a bullet that if was still in one piece after flogging around like a cut snake, we started taking more care and generally sailing a lot of nights just under jib
fatigue was to much to be dealing with inexperienced crew handling the PS at night with most nights ranging from a steady 15-20K to 30+ In The squalls which usually we had a few of each night. After the squalls there's usually a period of light flukey wind
that can make keeping the PS flying require a lot of attention. Squalls were a it crazy ut the worst we encountered was an electrical
storm that tracked right over us one night. We were seeing lightning
left and right and at one stage the watermaker
turned itself on as lightning
crashed overhead. One of the other yachts lost
all it's masthead gear
the same night.
So we are stoked to arrive in tact, well fed, no damage and no injuries after an amazing 22 days at sea with some really awesome sailing days mixed I with the more challenging ones.
Surfing at 15K is all well and good till you come off the back of the wave and the boat slows and the force is transferred back into the rig and sails
. I think that's what can really break stuff. Also the cooler night winds are so much denser than the day winds that the force of 30K at night more like 40K daytime. But what a fun ride!
One of the surfs
And tracking north moving squalls to the south of us with southerly moving electrical storms to the north, sandwiching us between. The ones to the north were on the bottom of a low above the Caribbean
Islands with a trough extending to our position