Saturday, 28 March 2009

VOR: Leg 5 Day 42 - The Final Miles for Green Dragon

Sunset in the south Atlantic, as seen from Green Dragon. Image copyright Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing.

by Lucy Harwood

At 0700 GMT this morning, Green Dragon went into Stealth Mode with approximately 300 miles to go. This allows them to go off the radar for 24 hours, so no other competitors or the rest of the world will know their position. Should they still be into Stealth Mode 50 miles from the finish race rules require them to appear once again on the radar.

Damian Foxall and Phil Harmer work on sail repairs down below on the Dragon. Image copyright Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing.

It will be a tense time onboard for Ian Walker and his crew as they battle the notoriously fickle conditions that surround Rio’s coastline, as well as keeping an eye on Telefonica Blue who are creeping up from behind. Defending fourth place is a reality for the Dragon, the previous finishers have struggled in the light conditions over the final miles but without the threat of a chasing boat. For the time being the Dragon is on radio silence and it will be a nervous wait to see what news the morning will bring.

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