Human nature is always the same. We had spent the last 7 legs mostly mid-fleet, but suddenly after our win in the last race to Den Helder, the whole team was lifted by a huge belief and confidence that maybe we could do it again to London! We knew already that our team's best distance … Continue reading Leg 8 Race 3: The Final Countdown Home
So, there we were, at the end of the last blog, charging down the North Sea in an unexpected 1st place. I am sure you were all on the edge of your seats. Certainly looking at all the posts on our wonderful supporter groups, it looked like hourly updates of race viewer screenshots of how … Continue reading Leg 8 Race 2: Days 4-6 We Won, We Bloody Won!!!
After a luxurious 10 days in Derry, our longest stopover so far I think, we have set of again for my first taste of coastal racing. Our stopover in Derry was absolutely brilliant, and a great rest after the Atlantic crossing. Each boat was sponsored by a local business and we were lucky to be … Continue reading Leg 8 Race 2 Days 1-3
Last post I mentioned that we had less than 1,000 miles left. It would seem that I spoke too soon. Due to the fleet's unexpectedly fast speeds, we've arrived off the coast of Ireland nearly a week before we're supposed to. With the city (and the race committee I think) not really ready to receive … Continue reading Leg 8 Days 14-18: Groundhog Day
When I signed up for this leg, I was expecting some lovely champagne sailing - lots of sunshine, flat seas, a calm and settled North Atlantic. But the open seas are pretty tough in any season, and this has been no exception. What's been especially different is how variable the conditions have been. Initially, we … Continue reading Leg 8 Days 8-13: Summer, What Summer?
We've been going hard for the last couple of days to make up ground on the fleet. With the difference between the first and last boats just 60 miles, the racing is close and personal. IchorCoal have taken a diversion to go back to Canada to be within helicopter extraction range to get one of … Continue reading Leg 8 Days 6-7: The Chase is On
It always comes round so quickly. There I was on Sunday night, drinking cocktails from some hip rooftop bar with Rob (my friend from way back when, who's been living in the States for the last three years), looking out on Manhattan. Before you know it, race start had come round again, so queue frantic … Continue reading Leg 8 Days 1-4: Cyclogenesis in the North Atlantic