by Emily Caroe
Vendee Globe skipper Mike Golding, sailing Gamesa, gives insight on what he faces in the South Indian Ocean.
Mike Golding on board Gamesa
7 December 2012 08:00 GMT:
It has been a good night for Mike Golding onboard Gamesa, making steady miles east towards the Crozet gate, the second ice safety gate on the Vendée Globe race course. Golding has been the quickest of the entire fleet overnight and has pulled back miles on the leaders.
Some 24 miles behind Golding, a France v Switzerland match race continues as his rivals, Jean Le Cam and Dominique Wavre sail within sight of each other, less than one mile apart after 27 days and 8,000 miles of racing on the Vendée Globe.
And while the leaders look certain to be slowed as they deal with the light winds which are protecting the gate, the Golding/Wavre/Le Cam trio look like they can keep their favourable breeze right to the gate which is about 440 miles ahead of them.
Last night, Mike sent through a video which gives a glimpse at the conditions he is facing in the South Indian Ocean. Flicking between the cameras onboard Gamesa, Golding commentates on what he can see:
'Now we are reaching in horrendous seas left over from a gale last night.
'As you can see it is fast sailing and very, very uncomfortable.
'The boat is occasionally taking off on surfs and leaning out at crazy angles, moving unpredictably.
'It's definitely not my favourite point of sail.
'We are making good progress but I can't quite get the height I want to try and escape from the high that is moving behind us.'
As Golding continues with his tour, another glimpse into his creature comforts onboard Gamesa is revealed after the book 'Touching the Void' was spotted in the photo above. In this video, an Amy Winehouse track can be heard in the background as he switches cameras!
Mike Golding website
Vendee Globe website