by Amory Ross
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 6 of Leg 2. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress.
Good breeze finally arrives as night approaches, for at least a little while. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
To receive today’s report from Puma’s Mar Mostro follow these simple instructions:
1) Open yesterday’s report.
2) Print and laminate.
3) Read aloud in a cold shower.
There you have it! Now have a great weekend.
Okay – ha, ha – the joke’s on us. But seriously, that’s pretty much where we stand. There’s not a lot of difference from the past several days of Indian Ocean sailing. We’re still chasing this thing to the end of the earth it seems, but today’s new contribution from Mother Nature was a constant spitting of rain.
Tony Mutter, Michi Mueller, and Tom Addis banding a sail on deck during one of the many lulls in action. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)
There was a bit of excitement in the afternoon when we came within 15 miles or so of the front, poked out ahead of the fleet and close enough to see it, but like our first opportunity to break through a few days ago we were unable to find stable enough winds to make it happen. Back we slid.
It’s obvious now that predicting or anticipating anything from this weather feature is impossible, and I think Tom has finally come to accept that we’re at the mercy of greater forces. His prognostications for passing it have ceased and been replaced with vague ideas as to when it might stop altogether. Today could be the day, but nobody can be sure.
So we wait some more. The sailing can be a little silly at times: wind speeds go from 2 to 13 in a few seconds, and then 15 seconds later do a complete reversal. But at least now we have some company, with Camper just half a mile to the north, their night time navigation lights clearly in sight. It’s almost like nothing’s changed…
Oh, right. It hasn’t!
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