Velux 5 Oceans. Golding talks of disasters of truly biblical proportions Print E-mail
Monday, 30 October 2006
Vicky Low:


Mike Golding has, in his tenacious manner, managed to pull another one out of the bag and at the 1020hrs position report this morning, was some 476 miles off Bernard Stamm onboard Cheminées Poujoulat, the current leading boat in the Velux 5 Oceans, having reduced his deficit by some 100 miles.

He is currently 120 miles west of the Canary Islands in a relatively moderate sea state with 15 knots of wind: “I have had a good day so far, and have managed to pull into Bernard [Stamm] and give myself quite a good cushion against Alex [Thomson]. I am probably just doing a better job!” he quipped this afternoon. “I am now back into the groove again and the boat has no big problems, but I am going upwind as there is currently low pressure where there should be high pressure. I should be in the Azores High, but I am in the Azores Low, but at least it is warm and, until a few hours ago, it has been beautiful, albeit it is now a bit squally,” he concluded.

The extremes in the conditions faced by the Velux 5 Oceans fleet, is something that has obviously preyed on the mind of the UK’s most experienced solo sailor. Writing in his blog earlier he commented: “The fleet was hammered in Biscay by an unforecast storm, which saw more than 70 knots of wind and huge seas totally strafe the fleet. As a result four well prepared ocean going racing yachts including Ecover were forced to make stops within 72 hours of the start of this solo around the world race. “Was this a glitch in the weather and our forecasting or are larger forces at work? “The reality is that this storm was most likely a purely local isolated event but, looking at other weather events in the news all around our planet one would have to say that there is general evidence of a trend towards more and more extreme weather events, I think by now most accept this as a straight fact. We know from the scientists that eventually, in the not so distant future these effects will be far more significant than forcing four race boats to stop racing, they are talking about real disasters of truly biblical proportions."

“This fact that we may not know how much we (the Human Race) contribute to this change process is irrelevant - we all know in our hearts that we have to change how we treat our planet if we want to continue to enjoy it fruits. “It is true that global weather has always been in flux over millennia, but we now seem to be seeing significant changes in mere decades!!! “There will be no quick technology driven rescue for this type of global change. It is a matter of grunting up for the long haul (a bit like the enormous circumnavigation ahead of me) initially through education and seemingly micro measures changing what we do day by day. The result (if we keep at it) will help lead to the cultural shift we need to improve and sustain our local marine and eventually even our global environment.Knuckling down to the task - in pursuit of the end goal.”

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