It’s really a big relief to have made it into port!

 

It’s really a big relief to have made it into port! I'm not sure if I enjoyed it! It was very hard. A couple of nights ago we had a lot of wind. The motion was very violent and it was very physical. Not surprising I guess when you head into the Bay of Biscay in December. I’ve learned a lot about the boat certainly. I’ve basically spent the past 3 months sailing on the boat as we started off by delivering the boat across the Atlantic from Massachusetts for the TJV. I’ve done 14,000 miles since October 6th! That’s a lot of sailing and I’m really tired.

 

© GOUEROU Gaetan

 

The little trio at the back of the fleet really got pounded off Finistere. As the second low hit it was complete chaos, like bombs going off underneath the boat every 30 secs. These boats have got so much buoyancy that when the waves hit it's the boat that move into you. The edge of the chart table nearly went into my face on numerous occasions. You can really get hurt out there. My legs are the most tired off all as you have to brace yourself in every possible direction the whole time. Inevitably there were high points in all this. The stars, the flying fish, the dolphins in the multiple doldrums we had off the Azores with very clear water and no wind. I called Derek (Hatfield) around the equator as I saw a sail on the horizon and I emailed Dee after she dismasted. I just said to her how much I admire her as she started off behind us (after suffering from furler problems at the start) and then just kept coming back on us. I had some extra diesel and wondered if she might need it but she had everything under control. When somebody dismasts near you, you really start to worry about your own rig. I had shroud issues during the TJV so during this race I stressed about the rig the whole way. In the big storms I remember very vividly sitting there with my hands over my face waiting for my mast to fall. I’m certainly going to work on increasing the comfort onboard as there is simply no place to recover on the boat and after around 58 days on the water that starts to take its toll.
 
The sail handling and being able to take reefs from the cockpit are really good improvements on the boat and certainly make life a lot easier. It's been a hard slog though and I think those of us that have been out on the water all this time in this race deserve attention too. As Bill Rogers, an infamous marathon runner in the US, said at the end of one particular marathon: "I put 100% into this race for 2 hours 10 minutes, so just think about those who have given 100% for 4, 5 or 6 hours!" The new boats in this fleet are in a class of their own, they're just gone, they just disappear over the horizon. We don't have the sponsors or the shore crews and that's fine but it's a different ball game. I haven't even thought about Christmas because I'm a bit superstitious about that kind of thing when I'm at sea. All I've been able to focus on of late is one single question, not why do these boats fall apart but how do they stay together!?"...
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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