Monday, 20 April 2009

VOR: TELEFÓNICA BLUE LEG SIX DAY 9 QFB: received 19.04.09 0030 GMT

Lots of water running down the deck, onboard Telefonica Blue, on leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston. Image copyright Gabriele Olivo/Telefonica Blue/Volvo Ocean Race.

by Simon Fisher (helmsman)

It has been a good day of sailing today, flying along at 20 knots, with good breeze and pleasant weather. However, it is back to the fire-hose sailing with a continuous stream of water blasting down the deck at us.

The fireman and his hose are back with a vengeance which means after six hours on deck there is very little of you that hasn't been given a damn good soaking at some stage. Luckily though the water is warm and progress is good which makes it all the more tolerable.

Behind us there is a real battle going on between the fleet which makes us all the more grateful for the lead we have, from our vantage point we get to see it all unfold and react accordingly. We have been keeping pace with the guys behind though which gives us some comfort, however we are still pushing hard to maintain our position.

Really, at the moment, we have got very little to complain about, we are going well at the head of the fleet, the boat is in great shape and the crew is happy and healthy! Let’s hope it all stays that way!

Volvo Ocean Race

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