Wednesday, 25 March 2009

VOR: ERICSSON 3 LEG FIVE DAY 39 QFB: received 24.03.09 0732 GMT

by Gustav Morin


Last night we had a few hours of nervousness. We were in pretty much no wind and on one position report we were informed that Ericsson 4 had 13 knots of wind.

Everyone went a bit quiet for a while and started looking out to the horizon, hoping for some more wind to come. Actually we got some after a while. At the highest seven knots. It felt pretty nice just to get moving. If you lie still and the others are sailing in 13 knots of breeze, you can lose a huge lead in just a couple of hours.

Ten minutes before the next position report arrived, everyone was walking on tiptoes.

‘Have we lost 5, 10, 20 or maybe 30 miles?' Magnus Woxén asked himself. ‘We have no clue and it is creepy’, he continued. It turned out that we had just lost two miles. A big relief.

Now most of the guys have even more longing for in Rio, more than just making a good result, coming off the water and having a nice meal. Since we are late in, most of the families will arrive before us and all the fathers onboard are talking more often about their kids and wives and that they would want to be there to take care of them as soon as they get off the plane. It seems that will not happen. The light airs are still making our lives a mess.

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