Sail testing – well kind of!

As there was very little wind out today, and I needed a second pair of hands to remove and test the water-maker, I decided it might be a good idea to get out the storm jib and put it up. Especially as I hadn’t taken this sail out of it’s bag since getting the boat…

Hurry up and wait…

Well the wind gods certainly aren’t playing ball at the moment for the next record attempt. Since getting back from Antigua Race Week a few weeks ago we have been eagerly watching the weather out in the Atlantic. Although there have been a few nice low pressure systems coming across they have either gone the…

Beautiful weather for training

Mid May and the sun is shining. After dealing with several minor issues onboard it is time to get back out training and make sure all the systems are working properly. In a light breeze we had the chance to get out the big masthead Code 3 Gennaker for some practice, reaching along at 12…

Sailing again

At Last we have been out sailing properly with the new sails and they are looking great. The Fasthosts branding really stands out. It wasn’t very windy that day so we took the opportunity to put our cameraman Lewis up the rig to get some action shots. In face he got more than he bargained…

A HUGE thank you

As the project reaches a climax and the Round the World Record is getting closer, we just wanted to acknowledge all those who have helped so far with getting the project to this point. Fasthosts – a UK based website hosting business based in Gloucester. They have been hosting the alexalley.com website now for many…

New FASTHOSTS sails now onboard

At long last, the mast is back in the boat, the electrics are connected up and we finally have the chance to put up the new Fasthosts branded mainsail and Solent. The carbon mainsail has been cut slightly higher to allow the boom to be raised about 30cm at the aft end, this is to…

Predictwind software onboard

Weather program experts Predictwind have teamed up with the PixelBoat campaign to help with their weather routing. PredictWind is a totally unique weather forecasting product. Developed by professionals to bring the highest quality tools and forecasts to sailors all around the world. Now local sailors around the world can have the same information as winning…

Printing Crazy brand our Team Clothing

The brilliant team at Printing Crazy near Hamble have done an amazing job of branding our Helly Hansen kit. As well as having the PixelBoat logo on the front and back, we have the new Fasthosts branded sails on show as well as some of the other major suppliers and sail sponsors on the front.

Sail painting

Thanks to Trudy and Gere at Ocean Art the sails are starting to look pretty awesome. In their well appointed unit in Swanwick near Southampton they have the Mainsail and Solent laid out on the floor. Monday was spent preparing the sails. Taping up all the trim lines and the white edges to the sails…

New sails arrive.

Today the new sails, designed and built by Ultimate Sails and sponsored by Fasthosts, arrive. Lots of jobs to do first, such as removing the old mainsail. After a long process of fitting the C-Tech battens the new carbon main goes up and fits perfectly. The sail has been cut slightly different to the old…