With only 6 boats over the finish line so far, it has been a good day for catch up and familiarisation for the remainder of the ARC team who have arrived from the UK, but frustrating for the boats that are still out there as windless conditions prevail.
First boat in at the crack of dawn was Cigno Rosso, the beautiful bright red Swan '60 who dived straight into an early morning rum punch. Fellow sailors from X-to-Sea were there to welcome them in, having been in VHF contact for most of the crossing. It seems a familiar banter developed between the two boats, and one joke indeed proved to be most effective. The story goes that one excitable female crew member aboard X-to-Sea was keen to see one of the 16 rowing boats in the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Challenge. This race left La Gomera in the Canary Islands a couple of weeks before the start of the ARC and it is likely that a few boats will spot rowers on their way to Barbados.
However, every scanning of the horizon with the binoculars proved fruitless, until one day a shape was spotted. Anxious calling on Ch.16 finally claimed a response; [plenty of panting and out of breath voice] "X-to-Sea, this is puffalot, puffalot", but, they couldn't keep it up and the crew of Cigno Rosso dissolved into laughter! They definitely had her going for a little while though.
Kings Legend also arrived this morning and had an exciting beat towards the finish line. Keith, a crew member from Kings Legend said it was touch and go as to whether they were going to make it; "the skipper was muttering, we're not going to make it, we're not going to make it, but we trimmed the sheets and squeezed through with a relieved "phew, we are"!"
Tosca III, the largest boat in the event arrived this afternoon having towed their 41 foot tender all the way across the Atlantic, a serious towing proposition! Undoubtedly this caused their delay explained skipper Gianni Brill; "We only lost her 4 times - the furthest being 3 miles".
Other arrivals include Challenge 34, Picasso, Roxy 9 and White Heather and we are looking forward to the arrival of Eva of Hamble and Stormbird later tonight.
Tonight sees the first Early Arrivals Party at Buzz supported by AT&T which will be a great gathering of the clans!