It feels fantastic a massive weight has been lifted from my shoulders. The crew know when things are going well or not, so well they either have an ogre or an eager smiling chap when I walk into the morning briefings. They can see my face so they don’t actually need me to tell them anything. The last few days have been really tense even though even though we’ve had a decent lead and a decent buffer, that can go so quickly, its only three or four hours and you can lose that so quickly so we’ve been working really hard and it’s great to cross the finish line this morning.
We led the fleet for the first 8 to 10 hours out of Rio and there came a point where it was inevitable in the weather that we would have to make that decision. It was big decision and a hard decision because we went from first to eighth and then that started to pay off. Before we started to race south we were within half a mile of Derry~Londonderry~Doire and I was chatting to Sean McCarter on the VHF and told him what I was going to do, and he thought I was mad. When the chips have landed, they are 70 miles behind. This is what the race is about in these races its big decisions, these boats are very different from the old fleet, you have to take advantage of the wind that’s available and they go very, very fast when you do, thankfully it paid off and tactics worked out beautifully on this race and I’m very happy.