Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Tough couple of days onboard Green Dragon

by Lucy Harwood - Green Dragon Racing on 17 Oct 2008
Green Dragon © David Kneale/Volvo Ocean Race http://www.volvooceanrace.com/
It has been a tough couple of days onboard Green Dragon, the route through the Canary Islands proved crucial.

At 0400 GMT yesterday, Green Dragon pulled Stealth Play and went off the radar positioned to the north of the islands (Stealth Play allows a boat to hide its position from other teams and the race committee for 12 hours, this can only be used by each team once every leg). When they reappeared on the race course some 12 hours later, they had gone through the middle of the islands, positioned to the east of Tenerife and the west of Gran Canaria. Ian Walker and his crew went into Stealth Play in fourth place with less than 10 miles to the leader, they came out of it still holding fourth, but 55 miles behind the new leader PUMA.

Green Dragon’s navigator Ian Moore explained the situation,'When we gybed away from the pack we felt uneasy about it, but we felt that the big shift to more easterly winds would allow us to cope with better breeze on the African Coast. I think that we underestimated the good shifts everyone else was getting down that coast, as well as better breeze, and it quickly became apparent that we were going to have to take our medicine and get back in touch with the fleet. The obvious route was to slip down the west coast of Lanzarote, but we thought we would try and use some of the leverage we had created and take the passage between the two tallest islands in the Canaries. The wind did accelerate to 26 knots but only for two hours and we have left ourselves with a lot of work to do over the next few days. The fleet by the coast will probably extend in better pressure and we can only hope that some shift to the east will help to mitigate the loss'.

The fleet are now on the move south, PUMA are holding a small lead (8 miles) over Ericsson 3, but it is Ian Walker and his crew that have gained the most in the last 8 hours taking over 20 miles out of third placed Ericsson 4.

1600 GMT Current positions/DTL
1. PUMA / 0
2. Ericsson 3 / 8
3. Ericsson 4 / 45
4. Green Dragon / 53
5. Delta Lloyd / 80
6. Team Russia / 85
7. Telefonica Blue / 137
8. Telefonica Black / 217

Update from Skipper, Ian Walker

I’m starting to lose count of the days now, which is a good thing. Another good thing is that we have managed to cut our losses within the fleet and we are now in the same wind as the others. We have lost a few hours to the leaders, but fortunately we have gained some miles on the boats behind us. We made a mistake in underestimating the strength of the wind down the African coast, but we made a good decision to not be too stubborn and accept our loss without risking everything. Telefonica Black made the opposite call, and they are now some 220 miles away in less wind and at the mercy of the wind gods. So right now we are 4th and ahead of us lies a very wide looking Doldrums that are complicated by a tropical wave. We have sailed 1300 miles and we are half way to the Doldrums. Soon we will be gybing to the West again to try and line ourselves up for the trade winds.

Ericsson 4 have already made this break, but the rest of the fleet seems to be heading south with us. I have already done some of the most fantastic sailing. The nights have been crystal clear and the moon is so bright you could wear sunglasses. Right now it is 22 knots and we are averaging 20 knots downwind with the masthead A4 spinnaker and full main. The boat handles easily and it only takes four on deck - 1 steers, 1 trims, 1 grinds and 1 tells stories! Right now Neal is steering and recounting tales of Donald Crowhurst so one person is free to get the kettle on. I am in the navigation station working and listening to everything on the intercom whilst Ian Moore catches up on sleep. It has been a stressful two days for Ian and I, as we have had to come to terms with our mistake. We didn’t get much sleep. Ian has also had a lot to contend with trying to get all the media gear to work, and we have to keep dealing with late position reports and difficulties getting the weather. All of these problems will I am sure be ironed out as the race unfolds.

Fortunately the lads are as always, solid as a rock. We will learn from our small mistake and keep the pressure on the others. We have over 5000 miles still to go, so I suspect we will have forgotten all about this by the time we get to Cape Town. Right now the wind is 26 knots and the story telling has stopped which tells me I should probably get on deck and help out.

Dragon Facts

**Spinnaker - A large sail flown in front of the vessel while heading downwind (with the wind behind you).

**Donald Crowhurst (1932–1969)
Donald Crowhurst was a British businessman and amateur sailor who died while competing in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a single-handed, round-the-world yacht race. Crowhurst had entered the race in hopes of winning a cash prize from the Sunday Times to aid his failing business. Instead, he encountered difficulty early in the voyage, and secretly abandoned the race while reporting false positions, in an attempt to appear to complete a circumnavigation without actually circling the world. Evidence found after his disappearance indicates that this attempt ended in insanity and suicide.

Read more news at greendragonracing.com
InSunSport - NZupffront 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale!
Puma's il mostro is on the Auction block now - auction ends October 30th 2011 PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011
Posted on 20 Oct 2011
Volvo Ocean Race Legends- Caviar, Cocktails and Central Heating
In the Volvo Ocean Race's 'Legends Look Back' series ahead of next year's first official reunion in Alicante, Butch rem Englishman Butch Dalrymple-Smith was a crewmember aboard the Mexican entry, Sayula II, the winner of the very first Whitbread in 1973-74. In the Volvo Ocean Race's 'Legends Look Back' series ahead of next year's first official reunion in Alicante, Butch remembers the good and bad. 'After each day’s six-hour watch, those coming off the deck would be handed a rum tonic or a vodka or gin...
Posted on 17 Aug 2010
Volvo Ocean Race- Camper announce build, crew and workup for VOR70
CAMPER, and Emirates Team New Zealand have made some key announcements in their project for the Volvo Ocean Race CAMPER, in association with Emirates Team New Zealand have made some key announcements in their project for the Volvo Ocean Race Construction of the VO70 yacht will start in the first week of August. Crew selection is also well advanced and CAMPER said today that experienced Spanish round-the-world yachtsman Roberto Bermudez de Castro has signed on.
Posted on 23 Jul 2010
Stu Bannatyne joins CAMPER/Emirates Team NZ for Volvo Ocean Race
CAMPER announced today the appointment of Stuart Bannatyne as a watch captain for its Volvo Ocean Race project. CAMPER announced today the appointment of Stuart Bannatyne as a watch captain for its Volvo Ocean Race project. Bannatyne has raced around the world five times, most recently in the 2008-09 VOR on board the winning yacht Ericsson 4. The CAMPER campaign for the 2011-2012 round-the-world race is being run by Emirates Team New Zealand. The race starts from Alicante, Spain, in October 2011 and
Posted on 7 May 2010
Second's out for PUMA's Ken Read in Volvo Ocean Race + Video (x2)
The goal is to build a team not only of great sailors but of friends. I think people perform better when they enjoy what 'The goal is to build a team not only of great sailors but of friends. I think people perform better when they enjoy what they do...' For a man with more medals in his locker than a green beret, having to settle for the second step of the podium at the end of a gruelling 2008-09 race was unfamiliar territory for Ken Read. Read’s PUMA Ocean Racing finished behind Torben Grael’s Ericsson 4
Posted on 4 May 2010
Puma announces core team for Volvo Ocean Race
Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing, announced his core crew and management team for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 20 Today Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing, announced his core crew and management team for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. The team departs Alicante, Spain today to bring il mostro, PUMA Ocean Racing’s boat that secured a second place finish in the last Volvo Ocean Race, back to Newport, Rhode Island where the team will immediately start training for the next race. il mostro will serve
Posted on 30 Apr 2010
Sports Consultancy secures 10 Host Ports for Volvo Ocean Race 2011–12
The Sports Consultancy, announces the successful completion of the Volvo Ocean Race's brief Coinciding with the announcement of the full route for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 The Sports Consultancy, the bidding specialists appointed by Volvo Ocean Race to manage the competitive tender process, announces the successful completion of the agency’s brief to deliver what is, with over 80 initial bidders and 10 successful cities, believed to be the largest number of cities bidding...
Posted on 26 Apr 2010
Nicholson and Minoprio named for Camper/ETNZ Volvo crew + Audio
Emirates Team New Zealand has appointed Chris Nicholson (Australia) to skipper Camper’s entry in the 2011-12 VOR. Emirates Team New Zealand has appointed Olympic and round-the- world yachtsman Chris Nicholson to skipper Camper’s entry in the 20 11-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Also at the announcement at Emirates Team New Zealand's Auckland base was World Match Racing Champion, Adam Minoprio, who was named as part of the crew.
Posted on 22 Apr 2010
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 – Schedule announced
The course and dates for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 have been officially announced today. The course and dates for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 have been officially announced today. This edition of the race will see a new format for the racing programme in the host cities, including the start city of Alicante, Spain and finish city of Galway, Ireland. For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race will finish with an In-Port race in Galway.
Posted on 20 Apr 2010
Auckland, the City of Sails, to host Volvo Ocean Race for eighth time
Auckland, New Zealand, is back in the Volvo Ocean Race after a gap of 10 years. T Auckland, New Zealand, is back in the Volvo Ocean Race after a gap of 10 years. The city, which has fielded some of the world’s best sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race, last hosted the event in 2001-02. It will stage the leg four finish from Sanya in China and the start of leg five, which will take the fleet into the Southern Ocean once again, round the infamous Cape Horn and up to a finish in Itaj
Posted on 31 Mar 2010