At Sea. Volvo Ocean Race: It's scary stuff says Ericsson's navigator Steve Hayles Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 April 2006
Steve HaylesIt feels like a stuck record out here at the moment; we get a park up in light winds for a few hours and then 12 hours of heavy reaching before the whole pattern starts again. Looking ahead we have a similar situation brewing as we are now sailing at nearly twenty knots in a 20-25 knot South Westerly and a couple of hundred miles in front looks like another transition zone. Its scary stuff with boats like these as you sometimes have 5 knots and sometimes 25.

The gains and losses in this sort of situation are enormous and you have to work very hard to make sure the boats close to you don't break out of the light air patches ahead of you.

We have a good race going with the Brazilians at the moment and you can feel the energy levels onboard rising as we attack each sail change with even more ferocity than the one before. You couldn't sail quite like this for two whole weeks but for two days everyone will give everything they have in the final push to the finish line.

It’s getting an awful lot wetter and cooler onboard but when you're doing twenty knots on average it all seems worth it.
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