Race 2 is finally underway after a busy and hectic four days in port at Brest, France. The victualing is complete, the rig work has been wrapped up, and the lines have all been protected from chafe. The anticipation for leaving for Rio was high as we were all ready to get out to sea, and for many of us experience our first ocean crossing.
Like all race starts, this one was full of great excitement! At one point I looked back to see GREAT Britain only a couple metres off our stern and dropping their Yankee sail quickly to avoid collision, or maybe their dropped sail was part of the problem. Either way I was highly concerned we were about to have a bowsprit go through the back of our boat.
From our point of view, we were once again first over the start line of the race and quickly pulled away from the fleet of boats. Two hours in and we are still leading the pack, but as the saying goes, "It's a marathon, not a sprint."
As soon as we crossed the line, I jumped below to get into my full wet weather gear. The wind was picking up and the swells were increasing. Sean asked us to get the Asymmetric sail up on deck and prepared to hoist, so I was first to the foredeck and dressed for the waves. For me there in nothing like going up the mast or being at the bow with waves coming up over your head. Such a rush!
We are just getting ready to start the watch system and get in full swing of life on board for the next three weeks. Three weeks! I can hardly believe it as I sit typing sliding back and forth across the nav station bench that I won't be stepping foot on land for that long.
After being in the top of the fleet for the majority of Race 1 and then dropping to a gut-wrenching eighth place in the last 30 minutes of the race, our team is determined to drive the boat hard for a podium finish into Rio.
Watch out for Team LegenDerry, LepreSeans are on the move!