Crew member on GBR4669R Pata Negra
Monday Morning 8am
Late last night we were about to put up the A4 and fly along through
the a sea full of oil rigs at about 10-12knots. Giles did a 3hr stint
on the the helm whilst telling jokes and keeping motivation high.
Seems to have done the trick as at day break this morning we can see
Colombre (class 40) in front of us and we have gained some distance on
our figaro rival behind. Through the night, Will Harris, our
navigator did an amazing job of keeping us away from the rigs,
checking AIS, pushing the crew /boat and getting max periods of 30
minutes sleep - not bad for someone in their mid twenties!
The boat is no longer leaking and things are slowly drying out. most
of the boat cushions are wet so they'll be on deck as soon as it warms
up a little more. Breakfast has just been served (museli) and watch
the spare crew are now on the bow as the wind has dropped considerably
Will expects us to be kedged at some point today, which will have its
challenges I'm sure. Aim now is to try and get as much distance as
possible to get sea breezes later in the day. Be nice to have some
sun rather than the grey miserable cloud overhead too. This feels
strange that we are light on wind, after seeing plenty so far, but it
feels more traditional to the summer we've had.
Till this race, I've never sailed down the North sea. Its choppy due
to the shallow depth but also hugely "developed". I wonder if the
general public just how exploited this area is to pull the black stuff
out of the ground, they might be more considerate to energy sources
and usage. There are more oil rigs out here than you can count. It's
certainly resonated on me. Just because it's out of sight, it should
not be out of mind.
Last night's curry seemed a huge hit. Got one more real meal left, so
might be that one and use the threat of Freeze Dried to encourage max
speed towards the finish if we don't get there on Tuesday.