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.

Roughest yet

22 June 2019 | 41.14.0 N'N:020.13.0 W'W, Approx 500m West of Porto Portugal
John Gray
Last night the wind slowly built in to a steady Force 6 just on the port quarter. We set a very small sail plan of a deeply rolled jib and no mainsail. This gusted up to 30kts aat times and built a very large sea that getting "pooped" was becoming a concern. (Thats where a wave fills over into the back of the boat).

Unfortunately running downwind - although easy on the boat - is not particularly easy on the crew as the wind self steering won't work correctly. This means that manual steering has to kept up 100% of the time - no breaks are possible! As conditions needed some handling, we were reduced to a 1hr watch rotation with off-watch sleeping in full kit if needed in emergencies.

The low pressure causing these strong westerelies is set to follow us north east up to Bay of Biscay region at least where we expect to be on Monday. Luckily though for the most part the winds are to moderate, although the large swell will continue.

The news is not all bad though - the winds are pushing our mileage up and making up for the time spent drifting around on the first days. No idea where the other boats are - but im guessing they are not behind us.

In other news we were passing whales and turtles close by today.
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