Savarona Atlantic Crossing - New Speed Record
On 8 March, 2017 SAVARONA left Palma De Mallorca, Spain en route to Antigua in the Caribbean with one stop in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. On day two we passed by the Rock of Gibralter just before sunset to enter the Anlantic Ocean (see photo below).
The passage to the Canary Islands started benign with trade winds of 15-20 knots and flat seas. However, as we continued weather advisory indicated a Force 9 Storm ahead. We battend down and prepared for heavy weather sailing. We were sailing downwing at wind angles of 160-170 degrees with a follwing sea. On day three the seas began to build to 2-3 meters and winds steadily increased to 25-28 knots. Savarona picked up speed and we were sailing with full Jib only for another 24 hours and hitting Speed Over Ground of 13-15 knots.
On the horizon you could see the approaching storm, so we shortend sail to Jib only with one reef and then during the highest winds two reefs.
True Wind Speed and Apparent Wind Angle below:
As the wind speed increased, the sea steadily built to 4-6 meter waves and we were hitting speeds in the low 20's surfing down the waves. A very large wave (range 7 meters) built right under the aft section of the boat and we pointed straight down and took off hitting exactly 24.0 knots. Nicola Manca was at the helm and the speed was witnessed by Randy White and George Minnaar also in the cockpit.
Below is a video of Savarona sailing is 35 knots of Ture Wind and building seas as the storm was overtaking us. Notice, we have a very "Balanced Helm" no trouble steering in these conditions.
The speed of 24.0 knots was a record for all aboard - - Ian Fagg, Captain, George Minnar, 1st Mate, Zeynep Pismis, Stewardess, Randy White, Owner, Nicola Manca, friend, Chiara Bosse, friend. We think this may be a long standing record fr all of us, but it was thrilling nonetheless. During this trip five (5) crewmembers joined the 20+ club.