BT Global Challenge - Boston Stopover - 3rd October


madforsailing.com's diary writer, Andy Magrath, has been settling back into life ashore
madforsailing is following the BT Global Challenge through the diaries of Conrad Humphreys (skipper) and Andy Magrath (crew) aboard LG FLATRON. They finished the first leg - Southampton to Boston - last week, and Andy has just resurfaced with his first account of life during a BT Global Challenge stopover. Andy Magrath LG FLATRON, Tuesday, 3rd October; "We arrived last Thursday in third place. A fantastic achievement which we are all really pleased with - not that we can't do better of course! As Conrad tells us, consistency is the key to winning this race overall, and if we are top three in every leg, there is a good chance we could do well in the overall prizes. But it's early days as yet, with the rest of the world to sail round. The next leg is going to be tough, with the frustration of the Doldrums and the searing heat of the equator. Many people who have been there before reckon that the heat is worse than the cold of the Southern Ocean. They have yet to convince me of that - but I'll keep you posted. The last few days have been intense, working on the boat during the day and partying at night. It took us no time at all to find Kitty O'Shea's, the Irish pub that's adopted us during our stay in Boston. As for the boat work, I'm responsible for checking the mast and rig. Basically, I have to go aloft and examine everything - the list is six sides of A4 long, so needless to say it takes some time to sort out. Then there is the usual cleaning above and below decks, but the other really big job is checking the sails for wear and tear. Some boats had major sail damage,

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