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Daily Report - July 22 - Westering Home

by Race Committee, July 22nd, 2014

Westering Home is a Scottish lament about finding one's way home. That is the story for Bedlam II, a veteran C&C Redline 41 from Vancouver Rowing Club fighting to get to the finish. And it has not been easy - even 67 miles from the finish they are still struggling with winds over 20 kts, and have broken their inner forestay. They are currently expected to finish near dawn on Wednesday. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the wind holds all the way to the finishing line; it would be an indignity to be calmed at the finish after so much.

Our sole Cruising Division entry, Losloper - Magnus Murphy's South African built Shearwater 39 - finished this afternoon about 2:30. There were many stories of adventures, broaches and struggles; and sailing with a small crew and damage to the steering system made for a grateful arrival at the Welcoming Party.

At Roll Call, Avalon was 6 miles from the finish and working hard to get there before the late afternoon and lee of the West Maui Mountains works it's evil on the remaining wind. And even as the breeze looked like it might fade, a sudden gust at the north end of the island (near where Kahuna lost its mast) shredded the spinnaker - the only sail damage after surviving tons of wind over the last 7 days. They managed to persevere and finished around 6:00 pm. Avalon is Pieter Smits' strongly built Contest 44 from Holland, and sailing for the Vancouver Rowing Club.

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