Capturing the Action, Kristi Wilson: Race 2 Day 2

09 October 2015

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"It would have been nice if we had some time to ease into things."

Skipper Dan Smith of Derry~Londonderry~Doire stares at the wind instruments in the nav station hoping for the wind to have eased enough to shake out a reef. The number spikes from 25 to 30 knots. "Ah, it keeps teasing me."

We've left the training race of Race 1 behind. Far behind. It's been 24 hours of racing and there has definitely been no option for easing into things. The conditions are the exact opposite of anything we experienced during the first race.

We've seen up to 35 knots of wind and sailed through the first night with three reefs, the Yankee 2 and the staysail. Crew are climbing the walls balancing themselves to adjust for the 45 degree angle.

I am physically sore from having to use every muscle in my body to brace myself to get around the boat

And it's wet. Very wet. Waves are continuously washing over the bow, pouring into the cockpit. With my job it's a double edged sword – the rough conditions are what we have been dying to shoot, but with big water, we risk killing the camera. Time to break out the water housings and the VIRB, Garmin's waterproof action camera.

I count the time between waves, hoping I can predict the next one to catch it perfectly on camera. Unfortunately, there's no exact science to it, catching me off guard no matter what and getting me soaked in the process.

The crew of Derry~Londonderry~Doire are an impressive bunch.

Nearly half have been stricken with some level of seasickness, but they work through the reef-ins, reef-outs, sail changes, mother duty, cleaning jobs, and emptying the bilges without a complaint.

Those up on deck don't say much outside of the sailing. "We're usually a more social bunch." Says Rob in between waves soaking us on deck.

"Just wait for the boat to flatten out more and you'll see."

Until Race Start : The Atlantic Trade Winds Leg Map + Race Standings