Crew member on GBR5936R Game On
By 3am Monday morning we had got through the oil rigs of the northern part of the North sea. Passing them close last night is always a fascinating sight, mini towns on stilts, all lit up and with burning gas plumes being expelled from high towers.
By early morning we had crossed from Scotland to England as we continued to head south. We are over 100 miles away from the coast line, so the UK is currently invisible to us beyond the charts. Most of today the wind disappeared and we were becalmed in the sun, very frustrating times but we ended up pulling away from our nearest competitor who was visible most of the day.
As I type this it’s currently 2.45am, very dark with heavy rain, 15 knots of wind. Ollie is off watch and asleep.
With about 400 miles to go we are now in the final quarter of the race. We will pass the longitude of Manchester today - hello VMB Manchester team !!
The home straight we will be achieved when we turn West at Dover but still a way to go yet. As you may have seen the bad weather has taken its toll on the fleet with many retirements due to gear failure and some minor injuries. It’s always a balance to not push so hard things get broken, a marathon not a sprint for 1800 miles. "You got to be in it to win it" is never so true.
So final big push now to maximize our result. We are second in double handed, the leader has two professional sailors aboard who were part of the winning Volvo Ocean Race team - Dongfeng ( it’s sort of the equivalent of you racing your car against Lewis Hamilton to put in perspective) so we are very pleased with our performance so far.
I keep reflecting on the support from the entire team and partners to raise the Scope donations - remarkable achievement from so many people. Awesome job and makes you proud to work with such great people and organisation.
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