Viking Lord AZAB 2019

Vessel Name: Viking Lord
Vessel Make/Model: Westerly Falcon 35
Hailing Port: Lough Swilly Yacht Club, Ireland
Crew: Paul McSorley, John Gray
Extra: Please help our chosen charities - Motor Neuron Disease Association (NI) and Habitat for Humanity on the Virgin Giving link below: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnGray39 Race Webpage: https://azab.co.uk/
07 July 2019 | Fahan Marina, Lough Swilly, Co Donegal
01 July 2019 | 50.09.0 N'N:05.03.0 W'W, Falmouth Marina
29 June 2019 | 47.59.0 N'N:08.26.0 W'W, 175 miles from Lizard Pt
29 June 2019 | 47.59.0 N'N:08.26.0 W'W, 175 miles from Lizard Pt
28 June 2019 | 45.59.0 N'N:012.11.0 W'W, 270 miles from Lizard Pt
27 June 2019 | 45.59.0 N'N:012.11.0 W'W, 365 miles from Lizard Pt
26 June 2019 | 44.43.0 N'N:013.55.0 W'W, 240 miles from NW Spain
25 June 2019 | 44.34.0 N'N:014.42.0 W'W, North Atlantic
24 June 2019 | 43.48.0 N'N:015.46.0 W'W, About 400 miles from NW spain
23 June 2019 | 41.14.0 N'N:020.13.0 W'W, a bit further north and east of the last update
22 June 2019 | 41.14.0 N'N:020.13.0 W'W, Approx 500m West of Porto Portugal
21 June 2019 | 39.44.0 N'N:022.52.0 W'W, Approx 160m NW of Sao Miguel Island
20 June 2019 | 38.37.0 N'N:024.55.0 W'W, Approx 60m NW of Sao Miguel Island
19 June 2019 | 38.01.0 N'N:025.50.0 W'W, West end of Sao Miguel Island
18 June 2019 | 37.47.0 N'N:025.59.0 W'W, West end of Sao Miguel Island
15 June 2019 | 37.49.0 N'N:024.51.0 W'W, Ponta Delgata, Azores
11 June 2019 | 38.54.0 N'N:022.31.0 W'W, 140 miles NE of Azores
10 June 2019 | 41.15.0 N'N:019.56.0 W'W, 300 miles NE of Azores
09 June 2019 | 41.58.0 N'N:018.56.0 W'W, 360 miles NE of Azores
08 June 2019 | 42.45.0 N'N:017.39.0 W'W, 450 miles NE of Azores
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07 July 2019 | Fahan Marina, Lough Swilly, Co Donegal

AZAB 2019: challenge completed and lapsed time winners

The challenge AZAB 2019 race is now well and truly completed with Viking Lord safely moored in its home port of Fahan Marina.

01 July 2019 | 50.09.0 N'N:05.03.0 W'W, Falmouth Marina

Finished the AZAB 2019

Finished on 1st July 0653am. OUtbound lapsed time : 12 days 15 hours 57 mins Inbound Lapsed time 12 days 18 hours 53 mins

29 June 2019 | 47.59.0 N'N:08.26.0 W'W, 175 miles from Lizard Pt

Last day at sea

This will be the last full day at sea before crossing the finish line at Falmouth. Our ETA sometime on Monday morning.

29 June 2019 | 47.59.0 N'N:08.26.0 W'W, 175 miles from Lizard Pt

So close and yet so far

We are in the final days of the Azores adventure. thanks to everyone still reading this - although pretty sure that by now thats only my mum.

28 June 2019 | 45.59.0 N'N:012.11.0 W'W, 270 miles from Lizard Pt

we are not last!

We have had a couple of great days run and have made up some of the lost time. There had been talk of a Monday or even Tuesday arrival in Falmouth - but thanks to a low pressure in Sole sea area we have had great favourable winds and sunny weather. Even before closing time on Sunday is now a faint [...]

27 June 2019 | 45.59.0 N'N:012.11.0 W'W, 365 miles from Lizard Pt

moving again

For those few still bothered to keep up with this frankly rather boring drivel about frustrations and depravation which were after all - entirely self inflicted - thanks a million! I have no idea who reads this but looking forward to reading comments when back in land of the connected.

Zeros and Eights

08 June 2019 | 42.45.0 N'N:017.39.0 W'W, 450 miles NE of Azores
John Gray
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnGray39 Please donate to charities - thank you!

Spent last night piroetting in zero wind. What a frustration - after 4 hours only gained 4 miles. Paul gave up entirely, wound the jib in and went below to study astral navigation.

We saw up close the predicted cyclonic effect of passing throught the middle of a low through the warm front to gentle warm breezes then the wind veering round to the cold front and the fresher northerly and cooler winds. Wish I'd listened to my geography teacher now.

From zeros last night to 8.8kts surfing the waves making serious gains - over 50 miles in 8 hours today - which for Viking Lord on this trip is a record. Maybe cos the beer supplies are dwindling and the boat is half the weight. No wonder the Spanish Conquistadores hated this journey of fickle winds. They called them the "horse Latitudes" as they realised they had not enough water for themselves and horses and through the hapless animals overboard.

This morning - after last nights first ever download from satellite of a weather file we had a much better idea what was happening for our last 4-5 days. We also need to be very careful now about Azores approach through the Azores High. A wrong move there could cost us 1-2 days in glassy calm.

On the tinned tuna now as fresh meat is now history.

Viking lord, out.
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