Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic
Day 2 - morning report. Scarlet Logic leading class.
From Skipper Ross Applebey
Less than 24 hours in, the 5th RORC Caribbean 600 has already provided plenty of drama!
IRC Class 2 in which we are racing, is highly competitive and our entry Scarlet Logic have been engaged in a private duel with Quokka. It is vital for the crew not to get distracted by match racing a rival but on winning the race itself. The update from co-skipper and yacht owner Ross on board this morning shows just how hard the team are working both on sailing the boat hard, but also on keeping tabs on the location and tactics of the rest of the fleet.
"All good here on Scarlet Logic, we've been pealing kites a lot, has certainly earnt his dinner wooling! We had a good start, and led off the line. We had a mini duel with Quokka, keeping close tabs on each other. It was a fresh beat into about 20 knots with the occasional gust over 25.
We were pleased to lead them round Green Island. The leg to Barbuda was freer than expected, so our planned jib top hoist was replaced with a hoist of the A7. Even that proved too small so the A3 was hoisted inside, for a nice peel. As we approached Barbuda the wind headed and increased. A peel was made to the jib top. Quokka had slipped away a little but was still behind on IRC. EH01 had a flying leg and led us and Quokka round the North Sails mark.
We gybe set the A3 at the mark, but as the wind swung back to the left we decided to peel to the Runner. Busy times for bowman Alex! We are now rolling our way down to Nevis, with Timmy throwing the boat off waves. Best speed so far 15.2kn!"