TQSM - LOGBOOK - DAY 6
  • Maxi Spindrift 2
July 19, 2016

ON BOARD BLOG FROM DONA BERTARELLI
18TH JULY
21:16 GMT

Ireland welcomed us with bright sunshine and a pod of dolphins accompanied by a flock of hundreds of birds overhead.  Having sailed on a single tack from Canada, we tacked for the first time before the two rocks and the island called ‘The Bull, The Cow and the Calf’.

It is really good to be able to see the horizon, feel the warmth of the sun and discover, from a distance, the chiselled Irish coastline, its cliffs and green fields.  We are almost chained to the coast as we tack the boat in about 12knots of wind.  Fairly quickly we came across the Fastnet Rock, majestic and enthroned as if it is the sole master of the coastline.

Our meeting with the Multi 50s did not happen.  For this year edition they do not need to round the Fastnet Rock, the mythical mark of the course.  Will Erwan Leroux, one of the crew on Spindrift 2, keep the record for the Quebec-St Malo in the Multi 50?  He will know that pretty soon.  At the moment on Spindrift 2 we are focused on beating Loïck Peyron’s record of 7days, 20hours and 24minutes.  However, our arrival into St Malo will be complicated as we will need to negotiate the forecast light airs.

As the day came to a close today, both the moon and the sun put on a magical show.  The wind strengthened and we were able to move to the J2 (medium gennaker) and stack the sails for what will, almost certainly, be our last night onboard before arriving into St Malo.

07:00 GMT - SPINDRIFT 2 POSITION

Speed: 16.0 kts
DTF: 138.7 nm
Speed (last four hours): 13.0 kts
Cap: 109°