BT Global Challenge - Leg 2 - 24th October


madforsailing.com's diary writer, Andy Magrath, has been feeling better
madforsailing is following the BT Global Challenge through the diaries of Conrad Humphreys (skipper) and Andy Magrath (crew) aboard LG FLATRON. On the 23rd Andy reported in sick, 24 hours later he's been dangling off a halyard, trying to get a batten back in the mainsail - go figure ... Andy Magrath LG FLATRON, Tuesday 24th October; 'I spent most of yesterday scrambling around the mainsail like Spiderman! We had noticed that the second batten was loose. There were two options, one was to lower the mainsail - which would be slow; the other was to send me up in my harness to hang off the back of the mainsail armed with my eight mm Allen key and tighten it up. It always amazes me how a small amount of movement on deck becomes so incredibly exaggerated when suspended 20 feet above it - simple things become almost impossible. I did manage to complete the task, but later in the afternoon the same batten popped out completely. I went up again to try and fix it with the sail up, but there was too much tension in the batten so we dropped the main and fixed it at deck level - slower but much simpler. The sailing is still going well. Currently we are on starboard tack, sailing to windward on a course of approximately 100 degrees. We are getting some distance east, because we think the wind will be moving more into the south-west. We are in first place by 17 miles - which is fantastic, but it's time to talk about the pressure again. It really is trim, trim, trim all the way, with special attention being paid to the mainsail, we're playing the sail as if we were in a dinghy. As for my mouth infection (riveting stuff

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