.. there's obviously somenthing wrong with me ... when I decided to do the ARC again this year ,considering we were only 4 crew on board I promised myself that I would stay away from the northern route, which is the shorest, and follow the squarerigged path, going south until as they say 'the butter melts' . But if the weather keep changing like this the butter will never melt! Here I am again on the tough northern route beating again the wind and waves, same day as last year ,with thank goodness the conditions are better, at least there is a bit of sunshine . The difference is that even the organiser World Cruising , probably for the first time in the ARC Rally history had suggested that the northern route was the right one to take. Only my friend Alberto is nearly, around 20 miles ahead of us. We we not aiming to really race but of course in the end everyone on board is trying their best .The excitement of ocean sailing gets to you every time ... wow we just caught a fish the first one ,even at this speed ... we all happy ...Vale
Hi my name is Carla and I'm a crew member of Milanto, and I'm very proud to be on board. when Valerio the skipper invited me to join the race I was so happy because I imagined a smooth sailing downwind towards the warm of the Caribbean following the southern course, and yes of course I thought of racing but also of enjoying the cruising. I was so convinced of this idea that I did not even bring my winter sailing gear with me, lucky for me I found in Las Palmas a sport shop so invested in new boots and a waterproof top ...... because we ARE in the middle of north course beating for more than 4 days now against the wind and the waves but more then happy to be here.
The competitive racing spirit that is inside Valerio and me is stronger then I thought. in fact after a wrong decision at the beginning of race which made us loose one one night in a NO WIND zone it was hard on us but we were repaid out by seeing so many of dolphins leaping around us. Valerio had to decide to go and chase the wind, even if that meant staying north -one advantage is that it is shorter- to try and reach, and even beat, the rest of the fleet. It does not means that we are not enjoying the race but on the contrary we having a great experience, feeling the Atlantic Ocean in all its aspects. Today we caught also a nice mahi mahi so tomorrow we will have a great fish dinner .Today homemade lasagna is on the menu , then we have the rest of the day to enjoy.
Latest info at 29 Nov 00:00 : 23° 37.63 N, 027° 53.17 W
distance to go 1958 NM sailed so far 757 NM speed 8.1 knots last 24 hours 172 NM estimated arrival 09 Dec 02:24