Crew member on SWE1929 SCA
It's nearly 0600 and except for a few naps during the night, Team SCA has
been up for 24hrs. "It's tiring," Annie said. "And the boys are sailing
fast. But, by no means, are we even thinking about giving up.
"At the moment, it's pretty much a drag race for all of us but definitely
for us," Libby said. Fortunately, Libby pointed out there is also a high
pressure moving in about 200 miles away, is near the Shetland Islands,
where we might make some gains.
It is definitely a drag race, except instead of car fumes and peel out
smoke, it is wind and waves, lots of waves. The waves are pretty unreal:
walls of white water, nearly reaching the first spreader that come flying
over the deck. Some crash over the cockpit filling it like a bathtub.
Others seemingly leap over the boat altogether and come fully down on the
four girls on deck. One wave completely knocked Annie off her feet as she
trimmed the main; only after the grinders were trimming the sail back to
life did Annie climb back to her feet again. Even virtually under water,
the girls are working incredibly, hard to make up for lost miles.
To date, this is the most sustained wind and seas we have seen over a 24
hour period ever (our top wind speed to date is 47kts during a squall).
This is great for learning more about the boat and ourselves in these
conditions. It has a been a fast and wet first 24hours, and as we reach
the top of the course, with the low pressure moving out and the high
pressure moving in Libby is expecting a beautiful sunset as we race around
the top of Great Britain