Just finished my last day at work for 6 months. Thanks so much to my friends and colleagues at MediaSmiths – see you next year!
Conor, one of my fellow crew-mates on Derry~Londonderry~Doire and one of the current watch leaders has just posted his blog about race 2 to Rio. It sounds like they had it all on the race down to Rio – big waves, flat calm seas, managed to broach a 70 foot Clipper yacht and a few broken ribs… Reading this has certainly brought home to me that I am leaving to go and join them in less than 3 weeks time. I particularly like what Conor has written about what he has learned on the race so far:
We have a terrific crew and skipper, we work well together and we don’t argue. […] I have improved as a sailor and hopefully I will get better. People are resilient, no matter the conditions or the tiredness my watch always stood up and did their best. They didn’t grumble, they wanted the best for the boat. I respect and admire them so much.
This is an amazing experience, it’s not all about fun and good times. It’s about pushing yourself, learning about yourself and combatting difficulties…
Head over to his blog to read the rest, or follow him on twitter @OByrneConor
Some great footage taken on board Old Pulteney on their journey across the North Atlantic to Rio.
The Derry-go-round arrived in Rio late last night, 5th across the finish line but likely to be a final result of 6th place after redress is given to Henri Lloyd for the time taken to complete their water transfer all the way back in the Doldrums. Congratulations!
Half of the fleet have now arrived in Rio, but there are still six boats out there racing, so keep an eye on the race tracker over the coming days.
Invest Africa have accepted a twelfth place in the race which will allow them to motor-sail the remaining miles to Rio and allow them to have a few days to rest, recover and get themselves ready for the crossing to Cape Town that starts on Saturday.