Sunday, 22 March 2009
Horatio Carabelli and Brad Jackson grinding at sunset onboard Ericsson 4, on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro. Image copyright Guy Salter/Ericsson 4/Volvo Ocean Race.
by Joca Signorini (trimmer)
Here we are, less then 1000 miles to the finish after 35 days! It’s been really hard for the body and mind. I think that is a record of days at sea for everybody on board.
So far has been a good leg for us. The first and second at the scoring gates gave us some important points. At the moment we are about 100 miles from Ericsson 3. Our team mates did an awesome come back on the leg. Congratulations to all the Ericsson Racing Team for the great work putting them back on the race on leg four allowing them to start few hours behind us in Qingdao.
Puma is some 150 miles behind. Maybe the approach to Rio can put some boats really close together again.
We are looking forward to arriving in Rio, but the weather forecast hasn't been good. We still have some days to go and I prefer not to mention any number... We did food bags for 38 days and we already have done three extra bags. It means that we all will arrive really hungry there. I can’t wait for a real Brazilian barbecue! I hope that some friends are in charge of it!
Volvo Ocean Race