Pinta is launched.

11/09/2010 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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At 14:43 today from 51.9593 degrees North, 10.374 degrees West (approximately 4 nautical miles north west of Knightstown, Valentia, Ireland) we launched Pinta on her transatlantic journey! It took us about two hours to tow her our from Knightstown to the launch point on a RIB (but only about 30 min to get back!). We didn’t actually get as far out to sea as we’d planned but the waves were quite big, some of us were getting seasick and we appeared to be far enough out that Pinta would clear the headland and Skellig islands to the south. When we let her go she initially sailed the wrong way but that wasn’t totally surprising. Because the control system had been running since we left the wind sensor had been tracking the wind direction (and towing will have messed that up) which is averaged and only changes slowly so that a few bad readings or a small gust don’t cause the boat to sail the wrong way. After about 5 minutes and doing one big circle she appeared to settle down on a sensible course so we left her and headed back.

Pinta sails off towards some rather nasty looking clouds:

Short video of Pinta .

A longer video of our preparations of Pinta and the actual launch.

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