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Ericsson 4 Leg Five Day 12
It’s been very active aboard today - this purely down to one reason - clouds, and lots of them!
It’s been hard watching the boys today as they have fought tooth and nail to gain whatever we could from what often appeared to be a very
The clouds often left us in a complete void with out even a breath of wind - before suddenly sending down a squall with such speed that we often found ourselves a fair way off our optimal course.
This has been similar to the various late night 'bar tales' told of the Atlantic doldrum belt of races past - so one could almost bet that this area is a fair bit more active in the cumulus department. It’s funny how things were so much worse in times gone by.
Sail changes have been well into the double figures today - in fact we have probably changed sails more today than we did in the first six days of racing.
There has been a constant rain for the last 10 hours - not like the like the ever-present rain of the UK and Eire shores - but a low frequency large drop rain which gets you wet but not in the same way as it’s fine drop brother does.
The radar comes into play a lot in these conditions - keeping track of the rain, of which there is plenty dotted around the screen. One good thing is that everyone managed to get a good fresh water shower - so the fuggy haze inside the boat has cleared and the nostrils get a break - for a day or so!
All bets are off if we don’t make it though and without sounding all doom and gloom this is still possible as 30 days racing on a boat like this does take its toll on all the gear - so it’s still a big game of knowing when to push and when to ease off. After all we still have nearly 9000 miles to the finish!