RARE – Day 8-am Update for RBI (Courtesy of RORC Media)

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But first let me take a selfie…

Ian Hoddle’s Figaro II Rare, with crew Conrad Manning, sought shelter on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis last night. This morning, the two-handed team are back on the race course having contacted the RORC:

“Yesterday things started to get serious out here and, with a Force 9 predicted, we decided to take cover. Things have been very mad; with two reefs in the main and the storm jib there were times when we were both afraid,” commented Conrad. “I went up the rig to fix the wind wand, but still no joy, which means we will be doing it the old fashioned way. We have just left Lewis in good spirits and flying towards the next mark, feeling slightly drier, but not for long!”

Me up the mast… She looks small from here!

RARE – Day 7-am Update for RBI (Courtesy of RORC Media)

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At the start of the RBI Credit: RORC/Rick Tomlinson rick-tomlinson.com

Ian Hoddle, racing Two Handed with Conrad Manning in his Figaro II, Rare, contacted the RORC Media team this morning at 0900 BST as the duo were just north of the Isle of Lewis:

“It’s been a wild night with big seas, but we managed to overtake two boats since yesterday because we were literally flying!” commented Conrad Manning. “We don’t know what the wind speed was last night as our windex broke off two days ago, but I would estimate 50+ was the highest gust. Currently looking for the food bag. When I find it, it will be Mexican Tuna Pasta for lunch then most likely curry for dinner. Ian is at the helm taming us to safety. Everything is soaked through except for one dry jumper and half a sleeping bag. I am typing this with one boot off trying to dry the inside of it. Both of us are doing well and tiredness has not set in yet.”

RARE – Day 4-am Update for RBI (Courtesy of RORC Media)

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Pegging it around the east coast of the UK… Some serious mile munching to catch up with Scarlet Logic!

Ian Hoddle’s Figaro II Rare, sailed with just two crew, is the smallest yacht in the race and Ross Applebey’s Oyster 48, Scarlet Logic, is a fully crewed and heavy displacement yacht. The two yachts are poles apart in terms design and crew but both are enjoying a tremendous battle in IRC Two. In the fast downwind conditions, Rare is lightweight and able to plane but with the upwind conditions, Scarlet Logic‘s displacement will come to the fore.

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