Sunday, 19 April 2009

VOR: ERICSSON 4 LEG SIX DAY 8 QFB: received 18.04.09 1043 GMT

Heavy weather approaching Ericsson 4, on leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston. Image copyright Guy Salter/Ericsson 4/Volvo Ocean Race.

by Joca Signorini (trimmer)

Hello from Ericsson 4!

It’s been a week since we left Rio and today we start to have better sailing conditions. I've just finished my watch and conditions were pretty nice. Seventeen knots reaching with good waves. So far has been a tough leg for us, with lot of bad clouds and close racing with others boats. At the moment we are trying to keep our second position and see what happens with Telefónica Blue that has been sailing well and is now extending her lead since Noronha.

It was not easy to leave Rio. The stopover was nice, but too short and busy. It was great to see lot of spectator boats during the in-port race and start. It’s always good to meet the friends and family and I have to thank them all for the great welcome during last leg.

Life onboard has been good, with lots of good food since we were a bit short by the end of last leg. Horacio Carabelli has been preparing a good combination of cheese, Parma ham and Italian salami.

Good winds

Volvo Ocean Race

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