14th June - 13.00 Barmouth. Greased Lighting under sail at the start line

Barmouth - Saturday midday
As usual the race has some drama at the start. This year is no exception and we saw Esox blow the engines head gasket as they began to motor to the start line. Assent also had problems although at this stage we are not sure quite what. It may hace been a fouled propeler which delayed their start but the managed to get after the fleet.

Weather conditions looked good as we motored over the bar but we quickly lost the sunshine and as you can see from the pictures some gloom arrived. As the five minute gun sounded the fleet were set for a good start in the force 4 to 5 winds. The sea state was moderate and it appeared that either Lighting Reflex or Hannah, another Reflex crewed by the Marines would get away first. As the start gun fired the Marines managed to get in and took the lead away from Barmouth.

If the current conditions persist we will see a fast race which could have the first boats in Fort William on Thursday morning. If a team put in a real flyer we might even get a boat in by wednesday night!

Moorings at Barmouth - Boats get ready to slip their moorings

Putting some finishing touches to the boat - like their race number.

The team on Farthing look relaxed as they enjoy midday tea.

Hannah, with the Barmouth crags behind.

Positive Impact motor out to the start line. They are a unique team of visually impaired and able bodied sailors and runners.

The Barmouth Lifeboat is always a welcome sight.

Mew Gull getting ready to lose her sail covers and switch off the engine.

Hannah, under main and looking for a fast start.
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