BT Global Challenge - Leg 2 - 28th October's diary writer, Andy Magrath, is having the time of his life
madforsailing is following the BT Global Challenge through the diaries of Conrad Humphreys (skipper) and Andy Magrath (crew) aboard LG FLATRON. This is Andy's latest diary, and it needs no introduction or explanation! Andy Magrath LG FLATRON, Saturday 28th October; 'The sailing has been awesome, it's conditions like these that make the tougher times worthwhile. Yesterday morning I went on watch and was first on the helm. The sun had been up for a couple of hours and was already hot - t-shirts and shorts weather. The sea was an inky black colour with the wind blasting ripples across its surface, white horses appearing on the wave crests and the sun topping the view off by making the whole scene shine like a mirror. Then add to that 18 to 23 knots of wind. We were reaching with plenty of sail up at ten knots and the spray was flying across the deck. Steering took a lot of concentration to avoid being over-powered - absolutely fantastic. Seventy-two feet of racing yacht in front of me, the mainsheet being played in and out with the gusts and the waves, headsail trimmers adjusting the sheet with every change in wind strength, not to mention the kicker, outhaul and cunningham adjustments - the whole watch working as a cohesive team. But I was soon back in my climbing harness again. The lazy yankee sheet had come loose from the clew. I had to clip onto the working sheet while Kester prepared the spinnaker halyard to haul me up - and off I went. Eight meters up in the air with nothing but Atlantic Ocean beneath you sure gets the adrenaline going! A simple job, re-tie the bowline and come down, it's a shame really as the view of the boat is something else! We are still in