The second Jester Baltimore Challenge got underway on Sunday, 14 June at 12 noon with 11 starting from Pwhelli and 30 from Plymouth.
The Tamar River Sailing Club and the Pwhelli Sailing Club both deserve hearty BRAVO ZULUS for their hospitality generosity, forbearance and the manner in which they both embraced the Jester spirit.
Conditions in Plymouth Sound were light, if not calm, but as soon as the starting canon was fired a useful offshore breeze developed. Some stood to the south of the Eddystone while others tacked into Whitsand Bay. Until I have spoken to Roger am not sure what conditions off Pwhelli were like.
Many met calms of the Isles of Scilly but once across to the Irish coast conditions were a little more boisterous - even F6. Those starting from Pwhelli certainly had a brisk beat to windward.
Yesterday was a day of thick fog and miserable weather in Baltimore but today it is beautiful with a F3 NW’ly.
Inevitably, with no shore base in Baltimore news has been patchy but as of 1815 18th of June all but the following (below) have clocked in with just a few retirements. Notably, Claire in Duet, (‘after a bit of a kerfuffle’ - her words!) was escorted into Courtmacsherry by the local lifeboat with a rope around her rudder. By mistake she had activated the help button on her Spot. All is now well and she is leaving for Baltimore tomorrow morning.
The indomitable Bill in Belgean has been spotted at anchor on the Irish coast near to Ballynacouty Point. Medusa is reported to be on her way. Sarah James put into St Marys with a torn sailed but sailed for Baltimore early this morning.
Those not in Baltimore or known to have retired, other than those mentioned above, are Pyxi, Spirit of Venus and Crusoe Too. Currently, offshore, the winds are light and northerly.