by Amory Ross
Volvo Ocean Race, day twenty one of leg one. Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress after their boat was dismasted in the South Atlantic:
Tony Mutter driving towards Tristan de Cunha with deck full of drying shoes. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
Yesterday was a tough one in a lot of ways. It was a day I think we all knew was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier. The post-breakage shock left a lot of us in a bit of a buzz, a hazy world of extreme optimism and positivity. We haven’t lost that, not by a million kagillion miles, but the hangover has set in – the realization that with some recent setbacks in shipping and transfer, logistically we have a seriously hard mountain to climb if we’re to make the starting line in Cape Town. That is a weight nobody wants to carry, or even accept. Fortunately we’ve got help: Craig Rodgers from the Volvo Ocean Race and the DHL team have been trying everything possible to make this happen for us – a huge thanks to them.
Casey Smith and Tom Addis begin disconnecting fittings around the mast boot. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race).
Now for the good news! These obstacles are only making us more resolute and more determined to get there. And as tough as yesterday was, it was our most productive day yet. It was a really good day, actually. There were no imminent distractions or dangers – just us, the boat, and many, many, miles closer towards Tristan. The work lists are going full speed and everyone’s doing their due diligence to ensure that when we get the eventual pickup, maybe a week from now, we’re giving ourselves the best possible chance to succeed.
The team spent the better part of yesterday afternoon reading up on Tristan da Cunha (thanks to everyone for sending the info) and we’re all pretty excited to spend some quality time there. We arrive tomorrow morning and are well briefed on island politics, geography, demographics, economics, and wildlife. Turns out it is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world. Seriously, what are the odds that we end up in a place like this? I know, pretty good… They’ve got rockhopper penguins, lobsters, albatrosses, a volcano, 262 future-friends…
…and hopefully one very well-stocked pub!
Talk next from land.
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