Crew member on RUS1 Monster Project
After crossing a tightly packed start line on starboard tack, tucked away at the outer distance mark, the Team tacked and headed in an offshore direction, briefly breaking away from the majority of the fleet, before tacking up the coast under J2 and first reef. Skipper Andy Budgen was quoted as nochonalantly proclaiming "Well that wasn't half bad, think we got away with that!"
Shortly before rounding the Northern point of Antigua we shook out the first reef and prepared to hoist our Code 3, or reaching spinnaker for the reach down to the North Sails mark off the island of Barbuda, the only laid mark of the whole course. Passing the last of the class 40's at this point, the Team fixed their sights on the leading pack roughly 3 miles ahead, consisting of Rambler, Bellamente and Shockwave.
With the Code 3 set by 6 of our finest grinders, a lunch of freeze-dried chilli macaroni and beans was welcome after the mornings exertions and with the boat humming along at one of her favourite points of sail, a perfect moment to rehydrate and refuel before the downwind run Nevis.
At the North Sails mark we hoisted the A4 spinnaker in preparation , furled the Code 3, bore away into a gybe to round the mark and deployed the A4. We are currently running at a speed of 16-17 knots in 14-15 knots of breeze, the Team are excited to be within sight of the leading pack and gaining fast on Bellamente almost within arms reach!
With a steady breeze and constant glorious sunshine on the Caribbean Sea, a finer start to the RORC Caribbean 600 for Monster Project could not have been hoped for!
Until the next update,
Monster Project - Volvo 70
Skipper - Andy Budgen