BT Global Challenge - Leg 1 - 27th September


madforsailing.com's diary writer, Andy Magrath, has seen some action on LG FLATRON
madforsailing is following the BT Global Challenge through the diaries of Conrad Humphreys (skipper) and Andy Magrath (crew) aboard LG FLATRON. When we last heard from them, they were facing the first serious gale of the race. It hit hard, with some boats recording over 60 knots of wind and 20 foot seas. There was broken gear on Isle of Man and Spirit of Hong Kong, and bruises aboard Logica. The breeze was backing off when we received this report from Andy, about LG FLATRON's passage through the storm. Andy Magrath, LG FLATRON, Wednesday 27th September; "If I had written this yesterday, I would have told you how tired I was and talked about some of the wildlife we have seen. But we've just had the busiest 24 hours so far, and if I thought I was tired yesterday, I certainly am now. It is Wednesday afternoon in Britain, Wednesday morning here. On Sunday, we were up to second, our strategy had worked. On Monday, we sailed into a windless hole that the rest of the fleet didn't have, and we were back in fourth. The winds went to the east, which was perfect for the rest of the fleet further south than us, and we had lost any advantage in being to the north. On Tuesday, the winds were building 20-30 knots and we had the 2.2 oz spinnaker up. My watch were down below eating lunch, while the other watch were sailing the boat. Gathered around the saloon table we heard a loud bang. That's never a good noise on a sailboat. Especially when it's followed by a wild change of course as we spun up into the wind in a huge broach. There was another, even louder cracking noise and the boat levelled off. 'ALL HANDS ON DECK' We

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