ARC Finished!

ARC 2014 is now finished!

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It’s been an amazing month for us. An Atlantic crossing under our belts. So many hours put into upgrading Interlude and then repairing the damage such a crossing inflicts. Parties and get togethers with new friends all sharing the same crazy experience. And behind it all the support of the ARC.

A while back someone asked me why we were doing the ARC. Now the event is finished I think that’s easy to answer for us. It’s the people it brings together. The framework of events, training, parties, sundowners, etc, fosters interactions. We’ve met so many people during the last month, many who I’m sure we’ll be hanging out with for months to come. Everyone of them helpful, bringing their own knowledge and experiences. We wouldn’t have got here without them.

Now it’s all over it’s sad to see the fleet disperse and head their separate ways but we’re also keen to head out into the Caribbean on our own.

Its like leaving home for that first time! Thank you ARC 2014 for being our supportive ‘family’ for the last four weeks!

Repairs

Repairs are well underway and we should be finished and ready to move on from Rodney Bay in a day or two.

Our Parasail, which got well mangled up during the crossing, was looked at by Thomas who’s here from Parasailor Europe providing support. We thought it was a write off but after inspecting the damage he said we’d been lucky and it’s easy to fix.

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The only other issue we had was the reef lines, which after scratching our heads for a day turns out are a simple fix also. Our single reef-line system seems a little complex when you get inside the boom but we’ve worked it out now and don’t really want to lose the ease of being able to control everything from the cockpit whilst at sea.

We’ve also been given some great advice from others who had the same issues coming over and have since researched reasons why the chafe happened. Turns out we really need to treat all the reefs as one, so keep tension on reefs two and three when putting in reef one, etc. I don’t think we had enough tension on the lines which day after day then slowly rub through.

Always something new to learn! Check out the damage on these bad boys!

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