Saturday, 23 May 2009

VOR: GREEN DRAGON LEG 7 DAY 8 QFB: received 23.05.09 0853 GMT

Rough seas in the North Atlantic, onboard Green Dragon, on leg 7 from Boston to Galway. Image copyright Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing/Volvo Ocean Race.

by Ian Walker (skipper)

Galway should prepare itself for a grandstand finish in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Dragon has had a good night and we have popped up out of stealth mode only 1 mile behind PUMA in 2nd position. Some boats gybed later than us and some gybed earlier, but it seems we have come good in the middle somewhere.

We have also pushed the boat hard all night with the fractional spinnaker with no mishaps. Despite big waves and 25 - 30 knot winds it was a clearer night with fewer squalls making life easier for all onboard.

We now have a 330 mile drag race to the Aran Isles. The race now is all about speed - there are no tactical options. We are running extra people on deck and putting every last drop of energy into the last 360 miles to the finish. I am sure no crew are willing their boat forward more than ours right now.

Volvo Ocean Race

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