From the AZAB website:
Friday 8th June 2007
The Ninth Azores and Back Yacht Race 2007 Is Under Way
The fleet was hit by strong to gale force winds throughout the day.
Some yachts hove to and others managed to maintain a course with hampered headway.
Some of the fleet that moved overnight to the NW quadrant of the low pressure area faired slightly better but were unable to escape the heavy sea conditions.
The strong winds with a heavy Atlantic swell proved difficult for Kevin Rolling when his yacht Merlin sustained rudder damage, a fouled propeller and loss of the main engine.
The yacht Growler Skippered by Bill Caldwell went to Merlin's assistance and transferred his crew Rolly Walker to carry out repairs to the rudder and help Merlin resume her passage to the Azores.
Winds are forecast to moderate during this evening and it is expected that the race leaders La Promesse and Jellina will arrive at Ponta Delgada in the early hours of Saturday.
With the prospect of fine winds, the remainder of the fleet is expected to arrive in a steady stream from Saturday evening onwards through to next Tuesday (12th).
Phew what a night. First off there was a loud bang,wire strop in vang exploded. Replaced with dyneema then some lightning on horizon and squalls,the worst gave us 40knots true and a good soaking, everything damp..hoping for some sunshine this morning..
STOWAWAY RACE PIDGEON 'WILSON' LAST 500 M.AUTPILOT FIXED AFTER SECOND DY.HV BEER
Tuna biting well at this location!
All is well. Quite a blow going on here. Big confused seas and wind over 50kts at times (61max recorded).
ON STARBOARD GYBE DODGING @#!& LOW AGAIN
HOVE TO @41 15.2N 19 48.9W GALES TAKE ALL D FUN OUT OF SAILING
I have the greatest pleasure to inform you all that George is back on board after a traumatic transfer. He is now safe, well and pleased to be back on Angelique
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