BT Global Challenge - Leg 2 Finish - 18th November


madforsailing's diary writers onboard LG FLATRON are comfortable winners
madforsailing is following the BT Global Challenge through the diaries of Conrad Humphreys (skipper) and Andy Magrath (crewman) aboard LG FLATRON. They have been leading for most of Leg 2, and Andy sent in this report as they closed on the finish. Andy Magrath, LG FLATRON, Friday 17th November; Firstly let me fill you in on the last few days. Up until Sunday we were still enjoying fast sunny downwind sailing. Then we had a minor disaster on Sunday afternoon. The wind was up at 25-30 knots and we were flying along under the 2.2 oz spinnaker. We were off watch having our lunch when we felt the boat round up heavily to windward before levelling off. 'All hands on deck!' Oh no! We had broached and blown the spinnaker down the leech tape and across the head! We decided not to repair it on board as it was unlikely that we would need it before Buenos Aires, where Hood Sails will repair it for us. The wind on Monday moved round onto the nose and picked up to 30-35 knots. As it was southerly the temperature took a dive and became very cold. Up until today I have been wearing every piece of clothing I brought with me in an attempt to keep warm. When the breeze picked up we had another 'one of those watches'. We went from full sail to the storm staysail and three reefs in the main, all in the space of a couple of hours. But these things are starting to become common place! Then another Capo Branco loomed. After we had had our socks blown off (fantastic helming again in big short seas), the wind eased and we headed inshore to the coast of Uruguay. Basically, we have had another tacking battle with a

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