BT Global Challenge - Leg 2 - 19th October, part 2's diary writer, Andy Magrath, has just seen the weather forecast
madforsailing is following the BT Global Challenge through the diaries of Conrad Humphreys (skipper) and Andy Magrath (crew) aboard LG FLATRON. They finished third on the first leg - Southampton to Boston - and started Leg 2 on Sunday 15th October. Andy Magrath LG FLATRON, Thursday 19th October; 'We are on our way again - next stop Buenos Aires. Our current position is fourth, 12 miles behind the leader, so we are quite pleased especially as this leg of the race is 35 days long. We had a good start from Boston on Sunday, there were a good few spectator boats out to see us off, which is always great. It was a downwind start in light breeze - again, a re-run of the start in the Solent! Ideally we would have had the 0.75 kite up, but with sponsors to please we flew the branded 1.5 promotional kite and then changed it - as quickly as we could. It was a close start, we had a port and starboard incident with Olympic Group. We couldn't bear away due to an obstruction - a red channel marker - so Olympic Group altered course and protested. To avoid later hassle we completed our two penalty turns to exonerate the infringement, at the same time the rest of the fleet parked up with no wind. So we were still third as we went up the channel leaving Boston. We are currently tracking Hurricane Michael moving at eight knots into our path. At present there is very little wind, and we are soaked from the rain on deck and soaked from the humidity below deck - and it is only going to get hotter. And we currently don't have any weather faxes coming in, due to a technical fault, which is frustrating - but