race report


The latest from Alfa Romeo…

The Trade wind conditions continue and the wind has veered enough for us to set our first asymmetric spinnaker, the code 2. We had a good run during the night and despite having to back down once to remove debris from the rudder we managed a days run of 420nm.

The Volvo guys onboard are saying that this sailing is their reward for toughing it out around the world. This sailing is definitely a long way from sailing upwind in 45kts with 3deg temperature.

It is not all plain sailing though as there are some big rain clouds that play havoc with the wind.
We have had to take the Code 2 down once so far during a squall. That exercise takes 50 minutes before we can get it packed and hoisted again due to the cardboard like qualities of the Cuben fibre that it is made from. The Transpac is one of the few races that still require navigators to submit worked celestial sights. Stan Honey took his sights today and was surprised to find that our GPS was in error by a whole 4nm!