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Blue Heron and the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

"Man overboard!" "Man overboard again!" Despite light winds since the November 25th start, the 235 boats in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers fleet have already reported two crewmembers have gone overboard. Both were recovered, which is a good thing, because it’s a nearly 2,700-mile swim from the Canary Islands to the finish at St. Lucia in the West Indies.

The light winds in the early going of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has meant it’s been easy to land mahi mahi – as well as crewmembers who have gone overboard.

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While the Volvo 60 AAG Big One put up a 297-mile day, most of the fleet, including James Eaton on the Bevedere-based Hallberg-Rassy 43 Blue Heron, the only West Coast entry, has had a case of the slows. The wind has been coming from the right direction, there just hasn’t been much of it. Here’s to hoping they get a better breeze soon, or it’s going to be a very long race.

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