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Old 12-01-2012
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Re: Follow the ARC

Here's another great log post:

This seems amazing fun I think. We seem to be human pinballs most of the time, with scores rated on the amount of bruises we each have. First I would like to amend our breakage list. 1 reef pennant, 1 spinaker sheet, 1 spinnaker track car, 2 mainsail battens, 2 coffe cups, several toe nails. Most of the time we have winds of 25-30 knots and the atmosphere is more like a volvo ocean racer than blue water cruising. On the second night or was it the third, I was powering along on the helm and then decided to give the auto pilot a go. Big mistake, he coped well for half an hour then in a big gust and huge set of waves he broached. This is the closest we have come to a knock down but this was not the problem. As Jeeves (our autopilot) over corrected we spun around and over onto the other side. This thrust the spinnaker pole into the next wave, ouch. The track exploded launching the pole into space followed by lots banging as it was still attached by a sheet.

We have learned our lesson and have a much reduced sail plan at night now.
You can't make this stuff up!
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