It’s pitch-dark. The bow of Team Brunel cuts silently through the water. On our starboard side lies Gibraltar. Behind us we see the outlines of the famous rock formation. The only sign of life is the so called shipping lane on our port side. Here dozens of seagoing vessels are thundering through the Strait of Gibraltar. In the distance we hear their heavy marine engines roar. You smell the fumes from their fuel oil. Due to the strong currents Team Brunel is trying to avoid this busy sea lane. We are now in second place. The ladies of SCA are in front.
“Welcome to the world of offshore sailing,” whispers Jens Dolmer while he sits on the foredeck. For the optimal boat speed in these light conditions all the weight is placed forward… More.