After many days of fun and perhaps even relaxed sailing, we have finally got to the weather front we have been expecting for the past few days which is spread across from South Africa to South America.
In the early hours of this morning we found the wind couldn't make up its mind to which direction it was coming from and suddenly died off from 10 knots to 0 knots, causing many of us to be reminded of the days in the Doldrums, when we experienced similar conditions- not the kind of sailing we wanted in these trade winds. However, at lunch time today, the dark cloud we were waiting for approached over the horizon- the weather front was here! With the boat ready- having the Yankee 2 on deck and the Yankee 3 ready below deck and wet weather gear at the ready to slip on quickly- we got hit by the rain and wind, in a direction that meant we would be sailing close to the wind (not pleasant conditions below deck!)
So for the past few hours I have been on watch and got completely drenched by volunteering to do work on the bow, crawling on hands and knees with boat hook in hand and the bow rising up and down, two of us retrieved a line which was trailing in the water, numerous times we were hit by waves that could move you along the boat, but we clipped on and held tight, I could even say it was better than any roller coaster I've been on! This is the sort of sailing many of us had signed up for!
In other news our aim of getting to tenth place has been achieved and at 6pm this evening Switzerland came out of Stealth Mode and were 20 miles behind us. A position we hope to hold or possibly improve for two days until we get into Rio. After 30 days, not long now!
Sophie Hetherton, Mission Performance