We have just been notified that we came 6th in the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint, just nine minutes from Visit Sanya, China and a single, precious point. Damn it! The news is both galling and encouraging in equal measure. It's clear we have speed. It is also clear that this is a close matched fleet. Just three and a half hours covered the entire fleet over 300+ miles. Come to that, only a few hours covers most of the fleet now after sailing several thousand miles. Just think of that. Race 2. A matched fleet and a few hundred identically trained, amateur crew - and the competition is that strong!
Of course, the competitor inside starts to analyse the many times we screwed up or delayed a sail change, or perhaps shared the helming a little too much with weaker helms in the team, but hey, that's not the point. After all, the ethos of the race is based on the fact that extraordinary things can be done by ordinary people. The point is, we can do this - as a team. We know we can because we have beaten this fleet on the water before and we've done it from the back of the fleet. As Chris Brooks and Ian Wiggin from Qingdao and Unicef have both said before, we don't give up. Yup, you’re right, we don't either. And on WTC Logistics we have the bit well and truly between our teeth!
Last but not least, congratulations to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam,Visit Sanya, China and not least Punta del Este on winning the sprint. Great effort!
See you all in Punta del Este.
Mark, Dan and the rest of the WTC Logistics Leg 1 Crew