Chasing the Albatross

My adventure in search of a bird by David Lawson



0 Update added 13th December

  • by David Lawson
  • 13-12-2017

“Ooooooh this is going to be tense. So we thought the top 3 had got away from us and we were going to have to settle for 4th assuming Dare to Lead didn’t get a favourable run. But that said we were still giving it our best.

Skipper Matt wasn’t a happy boy yesterday!

This morning a few of the leading boats popped up on our AIS monitoring system and they appear to be going nowhere fast. They’ve taken a route close to the coast and we are offshore. We have wind and are battling along, they don’t! The advantage the leaders have is distance ahead of us.

So any guesses as to what may happen next? Well Matt is smiling a lot so we really are giving it everything we’ve got. The boat is virtually on its side. The focus is on clean sailing and doing things right and doing things quick. So I’m just off after a 6 hour session and am as wet on the inside as the outside. Plenty of tacking practice and shaking out a reef as well as helming has meant a busy shift. Living below on the heel and the bounce is very demanding I can say!

We’re doing our best, I just desperately hope it pays off for us. We’ll know by tomorrow morning as the end will be in sight by then.

Today we have changed the clocks forward by 1 hour and this is our last change now so I’m officially half a day ahead of you! Seems bizarre that I will have lived half a day in the future before You!!”