Crew member on GBR130 Imerys Clean Energy
The North Sea presented typically uncomfortable conditions last night… We
were slamming upwind in force 7 winds, which made even the thought of sleep
difficult, and balancing to get in and out of our foul weather gear pretty
interesting – being thrown from side to side.
So we have another challenge to face for the rest of the race… During the
night out main wind instruments went down, which forced the boat to crash
tack and brought us to a halt. We have tried the spare kit, but it is
refusing to work. So now we are down to zero wind instruments, which means
that we have no wind reference until the end of the race. It’s back to
dinghy sailing mode – feeling for the air, which is definitely a
disadvantage, especially at night when you can’t see the wind on the sea.
Although the wind started to simmer down, it is now back up and has headed
us. Currently we are unable to lay England and we are really hoping this
doesn’t hinder our chances to break the record… Phil