Saturday, 23 May 2009

VOR: TELEFÓNICA BLUE LEG SEVEN DAY 7 QFB: received 22.05.09 2237 GMT

Rough weather in the North Atlantic, onboard Telefonica Blue, on leg 7 from Boston to Galway. Image copyright Gabriele Olivo/Telefonica Blue/Volvo Ocean Race.

by Gabriele Olivo

Take what you most love doing in your life and keep it doing it for hours and hours day after day... That's how I would describe the sailing conditions at the moment. No matter what, this remains the best sailing in the world.

Yes, there is the other side to the coin, it’s impossible to sleep, to eat; you're always damp and cold even when you go into your bunk. It's really hard work, don't get me wrong, but if this is the price that I have to pay, I pay and please, keep the change.

Of course we would like to go a little faster, we're not quite fast enough compared with our competitors, but we made massive progress since the first leg and we're quite happy about it. Even if we work harder than the others, the adrenaline you get when you surf the boat down a wave, makes you forget about it and pays off all the efforts.

We will fight until the end, in 36 hours time we will know the results but what we will never forget is the beautiful sailing that we have the honour to experience right now.

Volvo Ocean Race

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