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Tough Times


Tough Times


After bemoaning the lack of Southern Ocean conditions for most of this leg, apart from Telefonica Blue, the VOR sailors have got what they came for and a bit more besides by all accounts. Green Dragon skipper, Ian Walker, admitted that they had “sailed a slightly conservative line to avoid the peak winds of the low pressure and have throttled back on several occasions as the slamming of the hull became intolerable.”

Ericsson 3 navigator, Aksel Magdahl, described yesterday’s conditions “Not an average day, but one where we sail on the borderline of what boat and crew can take. We are hanging on the back of the powerful low pressure system that moves with us towards Cape Horn. The weather forecasts do not describe the situation particularly well; the latest satellite picture shows that we are much closer to the center of the low than anticipated. There are actually two centers, and we are almost between them, maybe only 50 miles from the headwinds on the other side, but I think the system will move away fast enough for us to stay in the favorable breeze behind the low.”