Crew member on GBR130 Imerys Clean Energy
We’re all very relieved this morning to see that we haven’t made too much
of a loss over Concise or Corum through the night.
Last night we felt we were suffering a lot without our small spinnaker, but
actually it was really gusty and we were surfing down waves in pitch black
reaching speeds of 22-23 knots, which is always an adrenaline rush.
After losing a spinnaker yesterday we spent several hours repairing the
sail, which unfortunately failed when we tried to fly it again. In its
place we are using a larger spinnaker, which is less efficient and is
really on its upper limit, but hopefully we can keep a good speed.
Despite the fatigue and time set back, spirits on board are high and we
remain alert for the next potential problem. The multitasking nature of
offshore short-handed sailing never ceases to create new surprises. Along
with working as sailmakers mid-race, this morning I was given the
delightful task of putting in Pablo’s contact lenses!
We are all very much looking forward to rounding Muckle Flugga tonight and
making the turn south, though what will come will be heavy upwind and
reaching conditions, more suitable for both Corum and Concise. So it’s
important for us to keep pushing and extend as much as we possibly can… Phil