Mikey Likes It. Sometimes.
Mike Golding has talked to BYM News about his Vendee Globe race, starting with worries about his boat.
Golding said “She gives me all sorts of concerns, but my biggest concern is that I’m still waiting for something to break. So far, so good and I get the feeling that when the boat is working, it’s on the pace. I feel fine then. However, I’m being very, very careful with her, and I’m finding I have to think about the things I do far more than I perhaps have with other boats in the past because she generally just seems more susceptible to problems. It’s so easy to make stupid mistakes on this boat because she’s very complicated. Just by pulling the wrong bit of string you can cause another problem somewhere else, and down below if you open the wrong ballast, at the wrong time, with the wrong valves open you can end up flooding the boat. You have to really know what you are doing and when you are tired and under a bit of pressure working in a difficult environment it’s easy to make a mistake.” Read on.