Both Southern Child and Northern Child got off to good starts in the strong winds and choppy waters on Sunday. A squall hit the line just after the boats did, and the boats that did the best were the ones prepared for the sudden changes of wind. Northern Child loves these conditions, and surged past many competitors in the following couple of hours.
The first night was a busy one, unfortunately while Northern Child was busy putting in reefs and shaking them back out only to repeat the process again, Southern Child was not having as much fun, and after a particularly bad crash gybe broke their boom.
Soon afterwards Southern Child suspended racing and motor sailed towards the nearest island, El Hierro, for repairs. After a day on the island they re-rigged the repaired boom and set off late yesterday afternoon to motor sail back to the spot that they had suspended racing. They are now racing again, and are about 200nm behind the fleet. Lets hope they can shave off those miles over the next week or two!
Northern Child has had some lovely conditions for her, and they have been making good progress while they all find their sea legs and learn to sleep in the rolls and noise. See Northern Child’s website or Facebook page for their daily blog which is being sent back to us in the UK. We are starting to meet the different characters on board, just as they will be forming friendships that will last a lifetime.
We haven’t yet had a blog from Southern Child, but now that they have repaired their boom and have resumed racing hopefully they will have a bit more leisure to give us an insight into daily life aboard and share their adventure.