by Amory Ross
Volvo Ocean Race is nearing the end of the sixth day of racing for leg one. Amory Ross, MCM, onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress:
Casey Smith looking west after a long day of sailing. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
We’ve spent all this time talking about routines and how important it is to get into them, but the truth is they’re only good until they’re changed. After a beautiful night of sailing due west – directly at the sunset – and under a full moon, we’ve had that bit of interruption in our routines early this morning (2-4 AM) with a few sail changes, some weather cells, and a tough night of moving weight. Some people are sick, and the rest are tired (myself included). Just being on these boats with a round-the-clock schedule can be exhausting, and it’s only amplified by instability in that schedule. The good news is, once we’re through these next 24-hours it should be straight-line running in plenty of breeze, and all the way to the equator. That is something a lot of us are very much looking forward to!
We’re well locked up with the Telefónica guys and it’s been a fun drag race over the past couple of days, both of us within sight of each other for the majority of them. One 'sched' it’s a gain to us, the next is to them. And a belated congratulations to Iker and Xabier on their 2011 ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year award. Everyone’s really excited to see Abu Dhabi back on the race track so quickly too, and we’re all looking forward to catching up with them and Team Sanya in Cape Town.
If all goes well between now and tomorrow’s report we’ll be smokin’ for the Doldrums, but there’s a lot of work to do before then and that includes some serious tacking and stacking. My personal plan for the immediate future is to catch up on rest like everyone else.
Tom Addis works the "long-eyes," looking for incoming weather. 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)
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