BT Global Challenge - Leg 2 - 25th October part two's diary writer, Andy Magrath, brings us up to date
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 missive, luke warm off the press, or the email anyway. Andy Magrath LG FLATRON, Wednesday 25th October; 'We've tacked to port, and are headed south, more or less, still in first place with second place 45 nm behind. Even we are beginning to believe in our own consistency. If we can keep this up then we could be first in and first out of the Doldrums, which is where the real gains are to be made. Things could go the other way of course, and as we park up in the Doldrums all the other boats sail right through us - nothing is set in stone. We have got a good distance to the east and have finally picked up what you might call the trade winds, but we are still hard on the wind. None of us are sure when all the reaching under spinnaker will begin as we were promised by our skipper. Even this leg is turning out to be a windward slog - all be it with reduced waves and so there's no getting slammed around. As I haven't been on the best of form with my mouth infection, Conrad has brought Dickon over from the other watch to take over the management of my watch. It will give me the chance to relax a bit and get better quicker - plus Dickon will be excellent in the role. Now I am freed up a bit time-wise, it will give me the chance to take on more of an interest in specific parts of boat performance. We have a learning culture on the boat and I am going to look into weather and sail trim.