ALTAIR - "An incredible shot"

2015-01-15

Attached is a photo taken from full time crew member and one of the bow team Jon Gagachien. From the top of the main top mast looking down at a sail combination of Jib top, Jib, Staysail, Fore, Fore top, Fisherman, Main and Main top. Just the 8 sails up yesterday! Jon got this great shot during one of our 6 hourly rig checks. At the time of this shot we had 31knots from 080 and a pretty good size swell, so full credit to Jon for getting such a great shot.

 

Update from Altair
Attached is a photo taken from full time crew member and one of the bow team Jon Gagachien. From the top of the main top mast looking down at a sail combination of Jib top, Jib, Staysail, Fore, Fore top, Fisherman, Main and Main top. Just the 8 sails up yesterday! Jon got this great shot during  one of our 6 hourly rig checks. At the time of this shot we had 31knots from 080 and a pretty good size swell, so full credit to Jon for getting such a great shot.
We are currently in the middle of our night watch on night number 8. We reached the halfway point yesterday, as a crew we decided to celebrate halfway when the distance to Lanzarotte was equal to that of the finish line in Martinique. Not that we had time to celebrate, we pushed hard yesterday as our priority of pushing West changed and we turned our attention to getting South again, which kept us busy.
As a crew we are currently sat with a cup of tea inbetween rain showers dodging waves as they crash over the deck from time to time. We keep jokingly asking each other what happened to the trade wind shorts and T-shirt pleasure cruise that East to West crossings often serve up, I say jokingly as none of us would change the weather we have had, when we discussed taking part in this great Panerai sponsored classic race, none of us thought we would get this lucky with the breeze. Altair has loved the conditions it really has been everything a schooner could hope for so far. Even if the breeze fizzles out, all of us have had some great moments pushing this boat in a relentless breeze between 20 and 40 knots for 8 days straight. Wow!
By our calculations we have a little over 1000Nm straight line to the southern tip of Martinique although now past halfway we are all looking forward to arriving, a think a large part of all of us want this sailing to go on and on! Judging by our weather info there is plenty of racing left to do.
More to come
Russell Whitworth
Navigator

We are currently in the middle of our night watch on night number 8. We reached the halfway point yesterday, as a crew we decided to celebrate halfway when the distance to Lanzarotte was equal to that of the finish line in Martinique. Not that we had time to celebrate, we pushed hard yesterday as our priority of pushing West changed and we turned our attention to getting South again, which kept us busy.

As a crew we are currently sat with a cup of tea inbetween rain showers dodging waves as they crash over the deck from time to time. We keep jokingly asking each other what happened to the trade wind shorts and T-shirt pleasure cruise that East to West crossings often serve up, I say jokingly as none of us would change the weather we have had, when we discussed taking part in this great Panerai sponsored classic race, none of us thought we would get this lucky with the breeze. Altair has loved the conditions it really has been everything a schooner could hope for so far. Even if the breeze fizzles out, all of us have had some great moments pushing this boat in a relentless breeze between 20 and 40 knots for 8 days straight. Wow!

By our calculations we have a little over 1000Nm straight line to the southern tip of Martinique although now past halfway we are all looking forward to arriving, a think a large part of all of us want this sailing to go on and on! Judging by our weather info there is plenty of racing left to do.

More to come

Russell Whitworth, Navigator

 

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