BT Global Challenge - Leg 2 - 25th October's diary writer, Conrad Humphreys, has been holding onto this report for a couple of days
madforsailing is following the BT Global Challenge through the diaries of Conrad Humphreys (skipper) and Andy Magrath (crew) aboard LG FLATRON. Conrad hasn't written for a while, and what with one hurricane or another, even this story only got off the boat four days after he wrote it. Conrad Humphreys, Skipper, LG FLATRON, Saturday 21st October; 'As I’m writing this, my team onboard LG FLATRON are taking some well earned rest after a punishing few days fighting both Hurricane Michael and Nadine. We're now into the trade winds which will carry us away speedily towards Cape Branco off the Brazillian coast, but let's just reflect momentarily on what Leg 1 and Leg 2 may have been like. This year the US National Hurricane Centre predicted eleven storm systems big enough to name as full-on hurricanes - like Michael and Nadine. So far we have just passed number 18 - and there is still a chance of a few more. On Leg 1, the fleet's chance of not meeting at least one major storm seemed slight, and yet we did just that even with five hurricanes active during the crossing. On Leg 2 we have successfully dodged Michael and spent the last 24 hours in some explosive downwind sailing on the western side of Nadine. The change in the BT Global Challenge race course, making the first leg an Atlantic crossing to Boston in prime hurricane season, has certainly added some extra flavour to what is the world’s toughest yacht race for amateur crews. And if you're a skipper chosen for the next race, I would recommend some heavy weather downwind training, as surfing hurricane winds and swells in a 40 tonne Challenge yacht can be a heart stopping experience. The small jump we have made on the fleet since this morning is