Race 2 - Day 8
Crew Diary - Race 2, Day 8
23 September

Callum Leach
Callum Leach
Team Zhuhai
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I can’t believe I’m here, crossing the Atlantic Ocean. It has always been a dream of mine ever since sail training four years ago.

Nine days into crossing the Atlantic and it’s been an incredible experience already. The wildlife out here is amazing, I was at the helm, maybe last night (all the days merge into one) and I could hear water rushing really quickly past the boat. I looked to my right and I could see there was something in the water, it looked like a torpedo rushing by - rest assured it was a pack of four dolphins swimming with us which was amazing! Whilst I couldn’t see the actual dolphins in the dark I could hear them breathing and whistling.

Zhuhai has been flying the asymmetrical spinnaker for the last couple of days, which has been a great learning curve for myself and everybody on board. Being able to understand how the wind affects the spinnaker in various ways and if we need to ease out or sheet on.

As my background is in sail training, I have been helping out with the training on board. This includes talking through some evolutions step by step so we all, as a team, fully understand the process.

Zhuhai is doing very well and we are getting stronger as a team each and every day.

I would like to express a huge thank you to the Team Archie Foundation who set up a Clipper Round the World Yacht Race bursary. This has been an amazing experience for me so far and I am looking forward to working with Team Archie as a mentor in the future! #walkbesidemeandbymyfriend