BT Global Challenge - Leg 2 - 7th November


madforsailing's diary writer, Andy Magrath, is enjoying a little less heel in his life as LG FLATRON finally turns downwind
madforsailing is following the BT Global Challenge through the diary of Andy Magrath, a crewman aboard LG FLATRON - and they're still leading ... Andy Magrath LG FLATRON, Tuesday 7th November; 'Finally we are round Capo Branco (the lump of Brazil that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean) and on our way to Buenos Aires. It is now a case of following the rhumb line, ands it feels like a 12 day drag race to the finish. We have 15-20 knots of wind across the port beam and hopefully it will stay that way. We finally got the 2.2 oz spinnaker up during the early hours of this morning. It is great to finally be doing some downwind sailing! The boat no longer heels at 30 degrees, in fact some of the time it is almost level. The difference this makes to life below decks is immeasurable. The sun is shining and we are cracking along at ten-to-12 knots, our lead currently stands at 66 miles and life is good! It's also more intense with the spinnaker up - particularly above decks - it really focuses the mind on the fact that we are racing. One error could hand us a broach and a broken spinnaker pole or a ripped sail. The general mood on board has definitley taken a turn for the better as we can see the light at the end of the tunnel - not that we are taking our position for granted of course. Last night at supper time we had a James Bond theme party to liven things up. Everyone had to come in fancy dress and Archie made a dramatic entrance through the saloon hatch to the sound of the Bond theme tune - we have to have some fun sometimes! Everyone made a real effort

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