Saturday, 28 February 2009

VOR: TELEFÓNICA BLUE LEG FIVE DAY 14 QFB: received 27.02.09 0629 GMT

Michael Pammenter updating his job list while Simon Fisher is checking the floating jammer, on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro. Image copyright Gabriele Olivo/Telefonica Blue/Volvo Ocean Race.

by Simon Fisher

Another 24 hours have passed and to be honest not too much has happened!! We have been sailing along very happily on our big Code Zero sail and eating up the miles as we head towards Fiji. We are all pretty happy as we have been posting some really good scheds, so obviously we are going well relative to our competitors and can be confident and happy with our speed right now. Everything on board is very relaxed indeed.

Things are set to get a bit more interesting for us tomorrow though, as sometime in the morning we will have to start working our way past Fiji. As sods law would always dictate - with the entire Pacific Ocean at our disposal, Fiji has ended up right in the way of where we want to go! However, everyone is currently in the same boat (not literally of course!) and will all have to make some decisions on how to tackle the islands. The good thing is this may well provide some opportunities to catch a bit more on the leaders provided we play our cards right...

Life on board is good right now too. It is nice and dry both downstairs and on deck and the easy conditions make for good sleeping, provided the temperature inside doesn't get too high as it is prone to doing in the afternoon. Everyone is very much settled into to the daily routine. All I'll say is that I plan to enjoy it while it lasts and on that note will head off to get some dinner, have a quick look at the weather and climb into bed for a few hours sleep!!

Volvo Ocean Race

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