More Than 24 Hours Into The Race
Double Trouble Leads photo:Gilles Martin- Raget
Atlantic Rally For Cruisers
More than 24 hours after the start in the Canaries, the fleet of Catanas in the ARC have covered more than 200 miles. Propelled by northerly winds of 20 knots, the Catanas are striding away towards Saint Lucia.
On Sunday at 1300 GMT, the race committee unleashed a fleet of more than 200 boats. In their daily reports, the Catana skippers have all been surprised by the impressive number of boats of all types, on one or two hulls… "What an emotion to see so many boats but above all to be setting off across the Atlantic. We preferred making a reasonable start because we have a fast multihull: It was such a scramble! Just half an hour later we hoisted our spinnaker to accelerate. We kept it until nightfall and then we dined leisurely with reefed main and jib" explained Joanie on board The Saint. It was a similar atmosphere on board Nahema which chose caution for her first few hours racing, under double reefed main and rolled up gennaker, they are making 8 knots in 25 knots of wind: "morale is good. We are gradually getting our sea legs. Each one has done a 2 to 3 hour stint on watch for the first night" explained Annick, the skipper of the Catana 472.
Double Trouble which was leading the race yesterday after the start was not polled this morning. The ARC organization will issue rankings tomorrow Tuesday. We will then see if the Catana 582 with designs on the podium is still ahead. She was closely followed by Cakrawalla, a Catana 431, which only handed her spinnaker during the night to be better balanced. With 225 miles covered since the start and peaks of more than 16 knots, the skipper Thomas Reese seemed satisfied with his first day's racing.