Marco Nannini on the GOR: Dry suits off

Marco Nannini on the GOR: Dry suits off

Monday December 5 2011 Author: Marco Nannini Location: none selected

After days of being punished and thrown around things have definitely turned for the better, we have emerged from our dry suits stinking like dead rats and are enjoying a lovely spinnaker run in a hot sunshine and gentle 20-25 knots of wind. I guess conditions like this will be exceptional but who says we cant enjoy them while they last.

Both Hugo and I have found ourselves needing quite a lot of catching up with sleep but feeling a million times better every time we squeeze in a few restful hours. I still think the emotional roller coaster of the first few days was a combination of fear of the unknown, apprehension and immediate physical exhaustion while being thrown around in wet horrible conditions... i bet most of the fleet was wondering what point exactly we were trying to make!

Now i think we have at least a few days ahead with mild conditions which should give us a chance to clock some good miles and regain full energy before we'll dip south towards at the end of the ice limit into the southern ocean proper where temperatures will plummet and the sky will look like a sheet of lead, or will it? There's only one way to find out!

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