ALTAIR - Message from the sea

2015-01-10

Panerai Trans Atlantic, a classic so far. We are sailing through the night here under the moon, the previous watch has just dropped the Jib Top as we had a squall with 46knots in it, aside from that we are enjoying sailing along in the high 20s with a range of sail combinations, a luxury we have being a schooner with a wardrobe of many different options.

 

The crew of Altair, especially the full time crew would like to say how welcome they all felt in Lanzarotte, we all had such a good time there and everybody at the port and in the bars/restaurants in the port were so friendly. The marina staff and all of you in the organizing committee were, and continue to be, a fantastic group of professionals, and fun too. I think we can speak for the whole fleet in thanking you all for your hard work putting this together, there are 16 people onboard Altair and all of us are smiling at this great opportunity to compete in this race. 
Lets talk about the sailing, what a great start and how spectacular it was to see all the boats streaming down the coast that first afternoon, none of us really knowing what the others would do, credit to Corto to sticking to their plan and going solo to the East of Fuerteventura.
We enjoyed that first afternoon and the sailing between the islands, all the boats looked great together and we have Panerai to thank for that. We have the owner and his family onboard at they loved every minute of that first afternoon and are continuing to do so.
We got away from the islands cleanly although with a few gybes in the first night we were all keen for some open ocean. We have had some spectacular schooner sailing out here and have had the boat topping out at 16knots with the wood work screaming for more, or just screaming! 
After 30+ Hours of sailing last night we had the mighty Adventuress pass just 4Nm across our stern, sadly at night and just out of sight but so close after that amount of time, they certainly gave us something to think about, it was great to see the fleet so close on the first night, although with todays position report we see the spread is nearly 200Nm miles already.
We all have so many more miles to go and look forward to hearing stories from the fleet.
more to follow....

The crew of Altair, especially the full time crew would like to say how welcome they all felt in Lanzarotte, we all had such a good time there and everybody at the port and in the bars/restaurants in the port were so friendly. The marina staff and all of you in the organizing committee were, and continue to be, a fantastic group of professionals, and fun too. I think we can speak for the whole fleet in thanking you all for your hard work putting this together, there are 16 people onboard Altair and all of us are smiling at this great opportunity to compete in this race. 


Lets talk about the sailing, what a great start and how spectacular it was to see all the boats streaming down the coast that first afternoon, none of us really knowing what the others would do, credit to Corto to sticking to their plan and going solo to the East of Fuerteventura.We enjoyed that first afternoon and the sailing between the islands, all the boats looked great together and we have Panerai to thank for that. We have the owner and his family onboard at they loved every minute of that first afternoon and are continuing to do so.


We got away from the islands cleanly although with a few gybes in the first night we were all keen for some open ocean. We have had some spectacular schooner sailing out here and have had the boat topping out at 16knots with the wood work screaming for more, or just screaming! After 30+ Hours of sailing last night we had the mighty Adventuress pass just 4Nm across our stern, sadly at night and just out of sight but so close after that amount of time, they certainly gave us something to think about, it was great to see the fleet so close on the first night, although with todays position report we see the spread is nearly 200Nm miles already.

We all have so many more miles to go and look forward to hearing stories from the fleet.

more to follow....

 

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