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30 August 2020


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CONGRATULAZIONI RICOTINA!!!
CONGRATULATIONS Go4iT!! PARABENS NagaJolokia!

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The second of our two Tall Ships races in the China Sea changed from an anticipated “run” from the Riau group of islands to the Strait of Singapore into something of a marathon. The China Sea is always an interesting body of water to sail in with winds and weather a blend of maritime and continental effects and at a time like the present, with the globe itself experiencing significant climate change, the classic almost-predictable winds are no more. It is always a matter of sailing what you find and hoping that forecast reliability is reasonable but even forecasts now are less sure!

The fleet departed Pulau Natuna Besar and within 24hrs had spread into a delightful fan-shape – with some tacking close(r) to the sailing line while others ranged to the fullest extent of the windward performance possible! A Tall Ship polar is a tricky thing to manage and, as is often said, the way that historical seafarers and traders coped with the difficulties posed by square-rigger performance remains astonishing!

Our podium three much be congratulated for their success – a review of the leaderboard shows that it was a tough race with it taking 15mins for the first 10 boats to arrive – so a tough race for all. Bravo!

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