Ian Walker ADOR's blog
Right now the Southern Ocean is showing us who is boss. We are just shy of 50 degrees south and since the passage of the front 36 hours ago we have had sustained 30 – 40 knot winds.
After two days of next to no wind we are finally moving again. We have the spinnaker up and are heading east along the ice wayline in about 10 knots of wind.
They call it the Roaring Forties but right now we are experiencing more of a whimper. We have finally reached the Western ice gate waypoint and must now try and head due east.
Right now as our competitors sail away at over 20 knots straight down the course we have an unenviable decision to make.
You couldn’t have had two more contrasting nights than our first two at sea on Leg 5. The first was spent in survival conditions with driving rain, strong winds and terrible seas.
Thanks to a fantastic effort by our shore team we were able to leave the Viaduct with everything fixed four hours ahead of schedule.
I couldn’t bring myself to write a blog for the last two days for two reasons.
We are now about halfway into our drag race across the trade winds and the wind has been starting to abate.