Please select your home edition
Edition
Armstrong-Logo-Only-728x90 gif TOP

GryphonSolo2: Globe40 Leg 1 start

by Joe Harris, GryphonSolo2 27 Jun 06:46 PDT
Start of Leg 1 of the Globe 40 from Tangier, Morocco to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands. © Joe Harris

After a very long trip to the starting line, Team GS2 has taken the start of Leg 1 of the Globe 40 from Tangier, Morocco to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde Islands.

The race course requires the fleet to leave the island of Madeira to port and Tenerife, Canary Islands, to starboard. So we are now in a long drag race to Madeira with a strong Northerly breeze on the beam as we head WSW.

We had another hectic week of preparation in Tangier, much like in Lorient, but I was able to sneak away for 3 days of exploring the Morocco countryside with my wife Kim, daughter Sophie and sister Wendie, which was very fun.

We made repairs to the boat after the long Prologue Race and replaced a leaky auto-pilot hydraulic ram with one that had been shipped from the US. Unfortunately, it got hung up in Customs and it took days to pry it free.

We probably just should have brought it with us on the boat but I was trying to save weight. After all that effort, the ram is now malfunctioning, which is very frustrating. I hope the other ram can get us to Cape Verde.

So we are currently screaming along with boat speeds between 10 and 16 knots, in a wet and windy ride, alongside fellow Class 40's Milai, Amhas, Whiskey Jack, Teranga and Sec Hayai. The boats seem quite evenly matched so it should be a good battle over the next 10 days and 1900 miles, with the first boats expected to finish around July 5.

More reports from the race course to follow.

For more information visit gryphonsolo2.com or Facebook page.

Related Articles

GS2: Dodging a Major Gale
Getting through the Agulhas Current Today's update revolves around two events- dodging a major gale and getting through the Agulhas current. Posted on 15 Aug
GS2: Approaching Cape of Good Hope
Big news here on GS2 from the high seas Big news here on GS2 from the high seas is that we passed the halfway point on this epic Leg 2 of the Globe40 a few days ago, which means we have sailed more than 4,000 miles from the Cape Verde Islands over the last 3 weeks Posted on 9 Aug
The halfway point in the Globe40's longest leg
3,600 miles since setting sail - 3,500 miles left to go Today, the front runners in the GLOBE40 round the world yacht race reached the halfway point in this second leg having covered 3,600 miles since setting sail from Cape Verde on Sunday 17 July. Posted on 3 Aug
GryphonSolo2: Slogging in the South Atlantic
An update from a Globe40 Race competitor who has beanbag problems We are slogging our way southward in a fresh South'Easter. The wind is highly variable in both direction and strength, so we are doing our best to stay on course and go fast. Posted on 30 Jul
GryphonSolo2: Past the Doldrums / equator passing
One week into Globe40 leg which started from Sao Vicente As I write we are only 93 mile from the equator - about to pass from the North Atlantic to the South Atlantic. Eating peanut butter on crackers as well, which is not helping the keyboard! Posted on 26 Jul
GryphonSolo2 Globe40 Leg 2 start
A quick "best of" list of things we enjoyed over the two-week layover On Sunday we started Leg 2 of the Globe 40 from Cabo Verde to Mauritius. But before I dive into that, I'd like to provide a quick "best of" list of things we enjoyed over the two-week layover in Mindelo, on the island of Sao Vicente. Posted on 19 Jul
Destination Southern Hemisphere for the Globe40
Leg 2 starts from Mindelo Bay on the island of Sao Vincente in the Cape Verde archipelago The start of the second leg of the GLOBE40 got under way today at 15:00 hours local time in Mindelo Bay on the island of Sao Vincente in the Cape Verde archipelago. Posted on 17 Jul
GryphonSolo2: Wrap of Globe40 Leg 1
Prepping for Leg 2 in Mindelo, Cabo Verde Islands Sorry it has been a while since my last post. We finished Leg 1 from Lorient, France to Mindelo, Cabo Verde Islands. Posted on 8 Jul
Express victory for Milai in Leg 1 of The Globe40
The Japanese crew of Masa Suzuki and Koji Nakagawa cover 1884 miles in 7 days Making the finish this Sunday in the marvellous Mindelo Bay at 15.25 hours local time, the Japanese crew of Masa Suzuki and Koji Nakagawa covered 1884 miles in 7 days 2 hours and 25 minutes at an average speed of 11.06 knots. Posted on 3 Jul
GryphonSolo2: Threading the needle
Coming to you live from the Canary Islands I am coming to you live from the Canary Islands, just off the European coast, where we will soon be attempting to thread the needle through a very narrow passage between the islands of Tenerife and Canarias. Posted on 30 Jun
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTERCoast Guard Foundation FOOTER 1Lloyd Stevenson Catalyst 45 728x90px2 BOTTOM