The real spirit of the ARC always comes alive in the cruising division, as sailors divert or share their limited supplies with fellows in the fleet. While not emergencies, there were several incidents yesterday of boats going out of their way to help fellow ralliers with supplies for food and fuel.
Assistance like this is offered freely and without judgement or expectation - the best the 'helper' can hope for is grateful thanks and possibly a bottle, or the promise of a beer in Saint Lucia. The reason they go out of their way, turn back and sail in the wrong direction, is because at sea we are all dependent upon one another, and "there but by the grace of God go I".
Being part of the ARC fosters the feeling of being part of a wider venture, connecting sailors from all backgrounds and nations, so there is no hesitation to ask or offer assistance.
Clearlake II (GBR) and Kotari (GBR).
From Clearlake II's log: "We heard another boat calling on the radio; they were calling someone who they could see ahead, but that boat wasn’t listening, so we let them know we were further away but could hear. It turns out this is Kotari, the boat that has engine trouble. They are short of food and also have three crew members who have to be on planes on Sunday. So we turned around and headed NNE about 15 miles to intercept them. Ironically as we approached them the wind came up a little, but we made a transfer of food supplies and sandwiches for their lunch! In return Kotari gave us spare fuel. See pic of transfer. Right now we are sailing together, both under main and cruising chutes. We’ve planned a hot dinner for them which we plan to send over in a ship-to-ship transfer rather like the navy does (that’s the plan anyway!). We’ll see how things unfold – it looks like the wind might just hold which would be great. If not we may give them a tow, or take their three who need to get to St Lucia, but let’s see."
Brizo (USA) helps I'odl (FRA)
From Brizo's log: Today's pre-finish excitement was provided by Iod'l, another ARC participant. They were a bit low on fuel and not sure they were going to make in motoring. We met up with them and passed over our 5 gal jerry can of diesel which we won't need.
Summer Star (NOR) helps Hunny Pot (GBR)
From Hunny Pot's log: We would like to say big thank the crew of Summer Star for generously giving us 40 litres of fuel to help us on the last stretch following a Bill F-B pitch on the VHF following the sighting of Summer Star who we were able to identify on the AIS system. Summer Star crewed by a delightful group of Norwegians graciously parted with two jerry cans of fuel which were transferred boat to boat by some nifty rope work which included sending across a bottle of Cava attached to a rope by way of thanks.
Without them we would be in sight of Saint Lucia but waiting for the wind to fill in!! Thank you Norway! We them a beer or 2 and have voted them the most beautiful yacht of the competition in the Arrival Declaration.
Nostra Vida (NOR) has engine problems and has kindly offered the fuel she can't use to Ocean Wanderer (GBR) to help speed them on their way. As the tail end of the fleet catch-up with those in the light airs, one of the boats will take Nostra Vida in tow.