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So, in the end the smarter decision for us was to switch on the motor and withdraw from the race. As of Wednesday afternoon, we were approximately 45 miles from the finish. By the middle of last night, we had only advanced 6 miles. In order for us to cross the line, we would have had to literally float in less than 3 knots of breeze probably for the next day or even more. With Gabe having to turn the boat around on Sunday to come back north, and the ridiculous lack of wind, we switched on the old iron maiden and are currently headed to Hamilton Harbor.
We enjoyed our race, we made it to Bermuda, we’re looking forward to the festivities on the island. There are plenty of pictures and video that I will post when I get back to Boston on Sunday!
We’re in our (what we hope to be) our final approach to Bermuda! We were again becalmed yesterday in a low pressure system that we tried to take as a sort of “short cut”. Unfortunately, it didn’t fare well. We didn’t move from about 9 AM until 3 PM when we finally caught a breath of a breeze and got Lyra through the low and out into the wind. Last night was rough, with some pretty big swells and a lighter-than-we’d-like breeze that kept the sails flapping and the boat rocking heavily side to side. So, for the night we decided instead of making a straight shot, we would tack back and forth every few hours, much like skiers will do going down a ski slope. It’s longer, but it made the ride a little more comfortable and in the end gets us to the same spot.
This morning the backing breeze continued (coming from the north), and instead of tacking we chose to point downwind and use the wing-on-wing sail configuration. This set-up has the wind coming directly behind the boat over the stern and up to the sails, but the main and the jib sit on opposite sides of the boat so that they each catch the breeze instead of blanketing each other. Imagine Lyra’s middle as the body of a bird and each sail as a wing, you’ll get the idea.
Anyway, this configuration has us moving the same speed as when we were tacking BUT we’re headed in a straight line so we will arrive sooner than if we tacked down. There is also a forecasted wind shift to the west, so eventually we will have to switch the jib over- but we will still be headed the right way!
We finally heard Bermuda radio over the VHF radio last night in the cockpit. We think we heard a class A boat with a name that starts with “O” finishing at around 12:30. The class A boats are the fastest in the race, so if we’re coming in 18 or 19 hours behind him, we could end up beating him with corrected time!
We’re keeping our ears to the radio and our eyes on the horizon…and one eye on that sneaky, shifty Bermuda wind!
Must be something in the water of Mattapoisett, MA that makes these teams top competitors – - each of the top three boats in the Marion Bermuda Race hail from Mattapoisett.
Lilla – Briand 76 Skipper: Simon DiPietro Elapsed Time: 68:58:45 Corrected Time: 71:48:26
Pescatore - Hinckley SW 59 Skipper: George Tougas Elapsed Time: 86:50:57 Corrected Time: 78:20:17
Margalo – DP 48 Skipper: Chip Johns Elapsed Time: 87:43:42 Corrected Time: 78:46:48
Lilla, 76 ft Briand from Mattapoisett, sets a Marion Bermuda Race course record (72 hours) - with elapsed time of 68:58:45 and corrected time of 71:48:26.