Starten muligens utsatt

Vi har fulgt tett med på værkart de siste dagene, både det store bildet og forholdene for starten og de første par dagene, det vi har kunnet se fram til er motvind et halvt døgn for så å få seilbare forhold og så å seile oss inn i et stille område uten vind.
Planlagt start var i morgen Søndag kl 1200, 1 time senere så skulle ARCflåten starte fra Pas Palmas som er noen timer seilas ovenfor oss.
siste døgns Zygribs har vist at motvinden kan bli betydelig lenger og noe sterkere.

Nå har det vært skippermøte i Las Palmas og ut fra dette kom denne meldingen.

Strong Winds: Skippers offered choice of departure date

It was announced at noon today at the Skippers’ Briefing in Las Palmas that the start of the ARC will be delayed for the cruising divisions.

For the first time since 1989, the start of the ARC has been delayed due to predicted high winds. A low pressure system is predicted to bring winds of 25 knots or more on Sunday night, making uncomfortable conditions in the wind acceleration zone south of Gran Canaria.

Skippers have been offered two start dates; one as planned on Sunday 25, and one on Tuesday 27 November.

The low pressure system is predicted to bring southerly winds of 25 knots or more, with 35 knots plus in the wind acceleration zone to the south of Gran Canaria. Boats are expected to be in this area for their first night at sea on Sunday night, and whilst not unmanageable, the conditions are likely to be uncomfortable for the majority of the family cruising boats.

The announcement was met by spontaneous applause by the assembled skippers and crew at the briefing.

Skippers were offered the choice of starts; to take the original start on Sunday 25, or a rescheduled start on Tuesday 27 November. The majority elected to wait until Tuesday 27, remaining in habour in Las Palmas while the winds blow through.

Stronger winds do provide ideal conditions for the racing fleet, and these boats are expected to take the start on Sunday, as planned.

The ARC entry list stands at 227 boats, the majority of which are family cruisers, sailed by family and friends on the adventure of a lifetime. Multihulls are again popular, with 19 booked for the crossing.

View the full ARC entry list at http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/entries.aspx

ARC boats will make landfall in IGY Rodney Bay Marina, Saint Lucia after 2700NM of sailing. This distance will take the fastest boats around 12 days, and the family cruisers 18 to 21 days.


For oss så betyr å vente til Tirsdag at vi heller får medvind og enn motvind og vi unngår også stilleområdet og kan muuuligens se fram mot seilbar vind i behagelige forhold hele veien ned mot 20Nord.
Skjer det ikke en veldig positiv endring på været innen søndag formiddag så rusler vi bort på havnekontoret for å høre om vi kan få ligge 2dager ekstra her i Mogan.


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