Tyvärr blir det inget ARC för min del i år. Spirit V fick problem på seglingen från Palma, och vädersituationen gör det svårt att hitta en ny lucka.
Det blir säkert fler chanser.
Unfortunately we have to withdraw from ARC 2014 with the Baltic 56, Spirit V.
We left Palma, Mallorca last Thursday for the delivery to Las Palmas. Going upwind in 20-25 knots of W wind and short steep seas we heard a banging sound from the keel box of our lifting keel. We communicated with Baltic Yachts who advised us to return to harbor asap. We turned around and headed back to Palma.
The keel was checked Saturday and Monday and it turned out that nothing was wrong with the keel. The banging sound was a big hydraulic cylinder moving sideways a few mm into a steel bar when we went upwind.
This delay in combination with the forecasted weather for West Med and Gibraltar Straight has forced us to take the really sad decision to withdraw from this years ARC. It looks like the boat will stay in Palma for a full year and we would very much like to return for ARC 2015, Las Palmas to St Lucia.