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Happy?

Vendee

Happy?

At the start of this Vendee Globe, a fair number of Ocean Racing Anarchists wrote off Steve White as a no-hoper, but Steve proved them wrong when he passed Cape Horn today. His race is far from over, but it is a remarkable achievement, the high point to date of a project that has beaten the odds in terms of finance, time and in many respects experience.

"I am so happy to be here, happy to have made it, happy to leave all the troubles we had behind us, happy to have got here in one piece.” said Steve, off Cape Horn, “When I was thinking about it before this was really just a mark of the course I was looking to get to as quickly as possible, but now I am here it is living up to its reputation. I have 43 knots of wind and have seen 58, but it has moderated a little. When you get to the shelf it was amazing; just big vertical walls of water. You go up one and just smash straight back into the back of the next one and, when I came to gybe, it was the first time that I have gone done the full round up broaching straight upwind and having to let everything off to get the boat back on her feet.”