Route du Rhum: Ian Munslow’s Class 40 Bolands Mill now in third position Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 November 2006
Allen Clarke:


Last night Ian Munslow on his Owen Clarke Class 40 Bolands Mill moved up into third place in his class. Ian’s westerly option appears to have paid off for now but as the leaders near the race end the zones of light airs become more problematic for the tired skippers. As with all the competitors problems with hardware and rigging have lead to misfortunes which with normal sailing are easily fixed but when solo and hundreds of mile from land and support these small problems can escalate into major issues.

From Ian this morning

'good morning! up to 3rd on the ranking now, which is nice hey? had a good night with the big spi up all the time, very few squalls so no heart stopping moments worrying about tearing the spi. i cranked the stereo up as loud as it would go, pumped up some dance tunes and set to fixing the code zero... now, i am not a sailmaker so i have done the best i can with the gear i have on board and my small amount of knowledge. i just have to hope that the job will hold... fingers crossed.. it took ages, probably 5-6 hours but time is pretty irrelevant out here. the next job is to go back up the rig and re-rig the 2:1 halyard and have a look at what caused the chafe in the first place. the boat seems to go well in these conditions, but i know once i get the zero rigged up again we are on the money - that was apparent from the boat speed i had at the start in st malo. more news soon, and a big thanks for all the messages of support from everyone.. ian'

Ian ably supported by his shore team have done a great job of pulling back the deficit from being in tenth place seven days ago to his now 3rd. With every thing still to play for the fight for the top positions will soon heat up as they push the final miles.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 November 2006 )
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