sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing enter South Atlantic
Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing enter South Atlantic

'Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire celebrate rounding Cape Horn - Global Ocean Race 2011-12'    Phesheya Racing
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet continue racing from Wellington to the third leg finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Having rounded Cape Horn early evening GMT on Monday, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire have taken Phesheya-Racing through Le Maire Strait between Tierra del Fuego and Isla de los Estados joining Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis in the South Atlantic after 30 days in the Pacific Ocean’s high latitudes.

However the final 1,300 miles are proving to be as challenging as the 5,000 miles in the Pacific for the trio of Class40s that continued racing from Wellington, New Zealand. At the head of the fleet, Conrad Colman and Adrian Kuttel have experienced stop-start sailing with Cessna Citation as they close in on the coast of Argentina for the final 180 miles to the finish line on the northern shore of Rio de la Plata, while further south in second place, Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon on Financial Crisis have been hammered by headwinds north-west of the Falkland Islands but, finally, the breeze has gone right.

On the South African Class40, Phesheya-Racing, rounding Cape Horn on Monday evening was a momentous occasion for Phillippa Hutton-Squire. While Nick Leggatt has now logged six passages around the cape, it was a debut rounding for Hutton-Squire: 'We never thought we would make it when we were becalmed the last few days, but we pushed hard in the last 24 hours between the hail storms, snow and icy winds,' says the first South African female sailor to skipper a racing yacht around Cape Horn.

Leggatt and Hutton-Squire sighted Horn Island’s western peak from 27 miles to the south: 'From here the excitement and happiness set in on board!' reports Hutton-Squire. As the sun began to set at 56S, Phesheya-Racing arrived three miles off the cape. 'It’s a very jagged coastline with sheer cliffs and no trees,' she notes. 'The birds had increased in numbers and the dolphins had come out to ride our bow.' However, the magic moment was interrupted as the satellite phone began to ring, the VHF suddenly crackled into life and the AIS warning light started to flash busily after a month with barely any shipping activity.

As Leggatt and Hutton-Squire noted the position and course of a large cruise liner packed with adventure tourists rounding the cape, the Chilean Navy lighthouse keeper on Horn Island contacted the South Africans. 'They asked us to alter course as we were in Chilean waters and wanted to know where we were going,' explains Hutton-Squire. As Phesheya-Racing cracked off heading north-east and close to Deceit Island, the duo opened a bottle of champagne they had failed to open during GOR leg two: 'As it was blowing a gale on Christmas Day we delayed opening the bottle to New Year’s Eve, but another gale came through,' says Hutton-Squire. 'We first made a toast to the boat for getting us this far, then poured a bit in the ocean for Neptune, then I made a toast to Nick, for if it wasn't for him, I would still be sitting at home,' she adds.

Leggatt and Hutton-Squire sailed downwind with their A4 and full main, entering Le Maire Strait shortly after 06:00 GMT on Tuesday, exiting the 16-mile wide channel four hours later and entering the South Atlantic: 'Leaving the Pacific behind us is a big relief,' confirms Hutton-Squire, although reality has yet to set in. 'Having crossed the Pacific to Cape Horn is a major achievement and I can't believe that I’ve made it,' she admits. 'There have been some really hard times, difficult moments and generally it has been rather tough,' says the 28 year-old circumnavigator recalling the series of heaving-to manoeuvres in brutal conditions. 'There were a couple of times that I thought we were going to have to bail out, but where would we go?' she wonders. 'We had to come this way and we’ve made it across the Pacific as a team!'

Meanwhile, 470 miles to the north of Phesheya-Racing at 15:00 GMT on Tuesday, the environment on Financial Crisis was improving: 'Conditions have got a bit better and it’s just good enough to remove my drysuit briefly,' reported Hugo Ramon on Tuesday morning. 'We’re still trying to squeeze every knot we can out of the very tired Financial Crisis and she gave us a couple of scares,' says the Spanish sailor. 'First, a block exploded and a few seconds later, the primary autopilot suffered brain death, although a few hours later the unit suddenly woke up from its coma without any help from us,' says Ramon.

On Tuesday afternoon, Financial Crisis was 220 miles off the coast of Patagonia and the solitude of the Southern Ocean was over. 'It’s pretty strange that having spent a month in the empty and remote latitudes of the Pacific, we’re now in a zone of intense commercial traffic,' Ramon continues. 'It’s a bit like moving straight from a retirement home in Valldemossa and going directly to a rave in Magalluf!' he jokes. 'There are a lot of massive supertankers in the area that are too big to go through the Panama Canal and have gone round Cape Horn, although I hope they don’t wear the traditional Cape Horn earring in their left ear as I somehow doubt the experience is the same on a massive ship.'

With 730 miles remaining to the finish line and around three to four days of racing in leg three remaining, Hugo Ramon has been reflecting on the GOR: 'It’s now beginning to sink in that this adventure is coming to an end,' says Ramon, who will leave Financial Crisis having completed leg three. 'I know that I have to focus on finishing this adventure before starting a new one, but I can’t help thinking that I’d like to do this all over again, maybe even sailing solo.'

For the leading Class40, Cessna Citation, sailing 30 miles off the Argentine coast on Tuesday afternoon, the route across the 120-mile wide mouth of Rio de la Plata to the finish line in Punta del Este on the river’s northern shore is forecast to be blocked by a period of light winds giving a finish line ETA of Wednesday afternoon local time.

GOR leaderboard at 15:00 GMT 28/2/12:
1. Cessna Citation DTF 182 8.4kts
2. Financial Crisis DTL 551 6.8kts
3. Phesheya-Racing DTL 1032 8.5kts

Global Ocean Race website


by Oliver Dewar

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=94402

6:05 PM Tue 28 Feb 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011 -12 Global Ocean Race

Related News Stories:

05 Mar 2012  Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis second
04 Mar 2012  Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis approach Leg 3 finish
03 Mar 2012  Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis close in on Argentine coast
02 Mar 2012  Global Ocean Race - Drama for Phesheya Racing
01 Mar 2012  Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation finish leg 3
28 Feb 2012  Global Ocean Race - Mixed fortunes
27 Feb 2012  Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation close to Leg 3 finish
26 Feb 2012  Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis leave the Southern Ocean
25 Feb 2012  Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis second Class40 to round Cape Horn
24 Feb 2012  Global Ocean Race - Charging towards Cape Horn
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





























Team GBR’s Sparky on the Road to Rio (Part Two) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,


















Team GBR on the Road to Rio (Part One) by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,




















Sailing World Cup Hyeres- Top sailors to face off as Gold Fleet Racing
Anti-boating legislation debated in Florida House
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Laser images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 Nacra 17 images by Franck Socha
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Mitakis lead reduced on day 2
Will late spring thaw spell trouble for boaters?
Byte CII Worlds and YOG Continental Qualifier at Riva del Garda
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Battle continues for U.S. sailors
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Qualification stage comes to a close
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 2 images by Franck Socha
ISAF SWC Hyeres - Nacra Silver medal debutantes continue to improve
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Cheers on the dock
Spindrift 2 criss-crosses the Bay of Biscay
45th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's record circumnavigation
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Sailors tweet about opening day
49er Blog: Glorious racing to kick start Hyeres World Cup
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Continuous close racing
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Fluttering flags whet sailors appetite
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Race 4 images by Jude Robertson
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Day 1
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Nacra 17 images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 Laser images by Thom Touw   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Ioannis Mitakis leads Finns after day 1   
RC44 Cascais Cup - Fresh faces join the line-up   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Excellent racing on opening day   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Images by Yvan Zedda and Franck Socha   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres - Day 1 images by Franck Socha   
Hyeres World Cup: Kiwis lead but Outteridge Jensen back in 49er fray   
Belcher and Ryan lead from the start in Hyeres   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Race day 1 ready for lift off   
Clipper Round the World Race 11 - Tense match downwind racing on Day 2   
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Day 3 an absolute gem   
Quantum Key West 2015 dates confirmed   
Flying Tigers 'Psych' - on Lake Lanier they pronounce it Zhik   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres: Anticipation intensifies as start nears   
Clipper Round the World Race - Race 11 start images by Chuck Lantz   
27th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2014 - Big breeze on the butterfly   
Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - Pryde and Joy for Hi Fi   
Clipper Round The World Race - A flying start on Day 1 of Race 11   
Cammas on Caudrelier – different styles, same objective   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US