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11/10/11 - Lord Nelson
A busy day starting with, bracing practice and sail training in the morning. After an early lunch, we weighed anchor and set off towards the Needles, so that we could then turn, set all the sails and speed across the start line on time. This we did just 49 seconds behind Tenacious, as the cannons were fired from the Royal Yacht Squadron. Soon, however, Tenacious could only smell us for smoke as we sped past; accompanied by Beken of Cowes photographers and the JST media team with the famous Max Mudie and Andy Spark.
At 18:00 we were informed that Tenacious was planning to anchor for the night, but we are uncertain as to their reasons. We rounded waypoint Alpha in a westerly force 6, and soon found ourselves in quite a lumpy sea. We then passed waypoint E1 and have continued to make excellent progress at a speed of 8.5 – 9 knots. We weared ship around 2am and are tracking in a northerly direction now to cover more miles for race purposes.