Sunday, 22 November 2009
Aviva Ocean Racing in the 2009 Transat Jacques Vabre. Image copyright Mark Lloyd/Lloys Images.
by Kelly Russell
With conditions finally comfortable and household chores attended to, Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson are enjoying the opportunity to focus on racing, onboard Aviva, in the Transat Jacques Vabre.
Towards the end of last week, Caffari and Thompson discovered a problem with their generator which, despite several attempts over the weekend, they have been unable to repair. As a result, the British duo will need to be cautious with their power usage throughout the remainder of the race.
The 10h00 race ranking positioned Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson, onboard Aviva, in seventh place, 360 miles behind race leader Safran.
Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson’s diary entry received on 16 November 2009 at 0849 GMT:
“It suddenly seems like time is going so quickly but since we left the Azores our time for an upwind struggle has finally ended and we are now broad reaching to the Caribbean. It feels nice to have the boat flat and fast and live life without everything falling around in our cavernous tardis as we launch off waves. This is now the sailing we signed up for!
“It is also amusing that everyone has arrived together in the middle of the Atlantic. Almost as if all the skippers agreed we would rendezvous here before taking on part two of the Atlantic and then the Caribbean Sea Race. No matter if you were a northern boat, part of the central posse or even those who dived south we have all converged and the race is back on. We all had some level of the storm and I am sure some boats are still working out how to fix problems but now we are downwind racing and the temperatures have finally risen.”
Aviva Ocean Racing
Transat Jacques Vabre