Gareth Glover - Qingdao
Well what a great sight is was to have all 12 yachts ready to race each other. We started with a few time runs from the line. Unfortunately this put us to far from the VHF range and the flags for the start of the race and missed the start by five minutes.
The plan was for a Spinnaker start, which is the first time we have had to put one up on Qingdao but the crew did a great job and up when the A2 Spinnaker and we quickly made up the lost time and pull back up to the front few yachts next to Derry~Londonderry~Doire.
All was going fine until the gybe, after the gybe the pin which fires the tack fired so we quickly got back tacked on but lost a lot of places, but this happened three times each time we gybe. The crew did a great job on getting the tack back on (the end of the Spinnaker that go's on the bow) but unfortunately moved our way back and had to watch the rest of the fleet sail away.
After working hard all night this morning we had pushed back into the fleet and we are now making our way up the English Channel under our Light Weight Spinnaker with the other yachts in sight. With light winds ahead this race is anyone’s for the taking.