Sunday, 22 March 2009

VOR: TELEFÓNICA BLUE LEG FIVE DAY 36 QFB: received 21.03.09 0028 GMT

Telefonica Blue at sunset, 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 (helmsman)

With Cape Horn now behind us the focus is clear - get to Rio as quick as possible!! Everyone seems newly invigorated by our return to the Atlantic and spirits seem high.

It is nice that we can finally count down to the finish of this leg now in days, not weeks, or week in singular at least. Things too seem a little more pleasant now we have returned to the Atlantic. From start to finish we have had a beautiful sunny day with barely a cloud in the sky. This evening we were treated to an amazing sunset and the temperature has improved a little as well making life just that little bit easier...

Earlier today we passed close by to the Falklands, to have seen land twice in two days is quite a treat! Nice too to see something British too, even if there was some debate as to whether they should in fact be Argentinean! Needless to say the English speakers sided with the UK and the Spaniards with the Argentina!

Today too saw us make some gains on the guys in front. We managed to close up the gap between us and the Green Dragons by about 100 miles. They are still a long way ahead but to see the deficit come down a little as they battle with high pressure ahead gives us a little glimmer of hope of catching them and also provides us with some fresh motivation to keep pushing ourselves hard. As if wanting to get to Rio after over month at sea wasn't motivation enough!!

Volvo Ocean Race

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