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Old 03 June 2012, 11:41   #1
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Jester Azores Challenge

Ribnet member 'Jabs' (Tony Stattersfield) is competing in the 2012 Jester challenge in a Contessa 26, he has left a few days after the others but is determined to complete the trip.

I hope you'll join me in wishing Tony the very best of luck and favourable weather.

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Old 08 June 2012, 07:01   #2
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Retirement

Unfortunately Tony has retired from the challenge after his steering was damaged .

Hi,

Well, those of you who watched would have seen a strange course!

I departed Plymouth on Sunday 3rd and was making good progress.

The wind was blowing 6-7 and from the south west. I was on a course directly south from the Eddystone Light, heading for the French coast, hoping to clear Brest in two long tacks. A wind shift north was forecast, easing the passage.

I took a fairly large wave over the quarter which filled the cockpit. Contessina handled this well, but we were low in the water whilst the cockpit drained. We were hit by a second large wave which shattered the steering vane on the Hasler gear.

Since this is my primary method of steering whilst underway, I had little option but to retire.

The boat is currently in Dartmouth whilst the weather improves.

I will make more plans, but the immediate concern is to repair the vane and enjoy some sailing after eight months of work on the boat!

Tony
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