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13 May 2002, 09:31 am
Report on Antigua to Newport Record
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Maiden II

Report from Sunday 12 May 2002
Navigation report from Adrienne Cahalan
As at 0500z 12 May 2002
Position: 29 12N 66 39W
Over the last 2 hours:
Average boat speed: 15-18kts
Wind: 11-13kts
Direction: very shifty 070-105T
Average course: 340T
Sails: full main and headsail
No breakages
True wind angle: 100

The wind has been very shifty, we are conscious of getting west toward the weather waypoint to negotiate the Bermuda High. The wind seems to slowly clock aft to 110T and just as we prepare to set the gennaker the wind goes back forward again to 070-080T. Therefore we have remained under main and headsail until we are satisfied that the wind has veered permanently and while we are still able to maintain 15+kts. Today will be a very important day to keep our speed toward the new wind buiding in the west at about
30-32N.


Report from Simon Fisher, on loan from GBR Challenge (the British America's Cup team)
36 hours in and we are just over halfway on our 1560 mile trip from Antigua to Newport! However, its a far cry from the America's cup yachting I have grown to get used to over the last few months. I've traded getting up at 0545 to go to the gym for standby at 0400, my protein packed diet for pasta (with an array of interesting ways of making it taste not like pasta) and more importantly 10 knots upwind at 25 true for 30 knots at 100 true!

Despite the speed that you soon get used to the trip so far has proved fairly uneventful. We have been on one tack all the way, usually in the America's Cup after three and half hours I've seen more tacks than I can count and enough gybes for one day, but out here on the maxi cat it's one tack all the way. Having said that I am very much enjoying my first maxi cat excursion. As I write day is breaking, the boat is slipping effortlessly through the water and there hasn't been a sail change for days!
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