Saturday, 27 June 2009

VOR: GREEN DRAGON LEG TEN DAY 2 QFB: received 26.06.09 1310 GMT

by Ian Walker (skipper)

We have just passed over a rocky ledge between two islands and I had my heart in my mouth as the depth dropped to 1.9 metres below the keel - I prayed the chart was accurate and breathed a sigh of relief as the depth shot back up. That's enough of those scares for one day. Other than that no real change out here in the Gulf of Finland.

We have good wind, flat water and the sun is shining. Believe it or not, we have still not done a sail change all leg! We were hoping this could be a new Volvo Race record if we maintained it to St Petersburg but unfortunately, the organisers have added an extra 30 mile triangle to the course which means we will need other sails.

This is very unpopular with the crew as there is nothing worse than seeing the mileage to the finish increase - particularly on the last leg when all you want to do is finish. It is especially unpopular with Phil Harmer who, believe it or not, is flying straight out at 1900 to race in the 18ft skiff worlds in France on Sunday!

Anyway I don't suppose another 30 miles will kill us after doing 37,000. Hopefully we will hold off Delta Lloyd although they are gaining rapidly up behind and to windward.

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