Crew member on GBR130 Imerys Clean Energy
Last night was really quite special rounding Muckle Flugga, the most
northern point of the British Isles. We’re feeling really positive aboard
with our progress considering our set-back and happy with how hard we
fought to reach the top of the course. Last night we celebrated with a
taste of Pablo’s incredible jamon serrano...
Apart from a lot of rain, the north is wildly different from the south. It
is a barren, isolated part of the world, but absolutely booming with life.
Every direction you look there are gannets or fulmars roaming for food,
gliding over the waves. There are so many gannets that live in the Shetland
Islands that Muckle Flugga was actually white! The ocean is pumping with
life, a couple of nights ago we had hundreds of small shrimp, possibly
krill that washed onto the boat emitting an incredible phosphorescence
glow. Nature never ceases to amaze me…
Right now Julien is cooking up a hearty porridge with the Jetboil, Sam is
on watch trimming the boat for speed and getting hosed with every wave we
pass through, I am navigating, and Pablo is enjoying his off-watch.
It’s still a very long way to go, but rest assured, we are racing hard for
the win and a new World Record - Phil