Ocean Drag Race

Boat speed contest as Volvo Ocean Race boats head for Barbuda

Wednesday March 20th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
The Killer Whale and The Flying Fish

Wonderful sailing today, blue sky, blue sea, a steady 20 knot breeze and ASSA ABLOY is in her element of tight spinnaker reaching, charging hard for Miami. Today we were even treated by a visit from a baby killer whale that seemed to enjoy our company as it swam effortlessly alongside her newfound friends. Life on deck simply does not get any better than this, there is even time for a laugh as a flying fish hits [Richard] Mason clean on the chin.

In a sharp contrast down below, the Kevlar sweat box is not a pleasant place to be, the heat is unbearable and the smell is hard to describe, when you consider that 12 men still wearing the same boxers, lightweight shorts and top that we left Rio 10 days ago, all living in an area the size of a small front room and sharing one toilet, add to that the temperature at the sauna level and you probably will have some idea of just how rank it is!!

Nelly [Neal McDonald] is quick to blame the French in his typical British humour although many feel his shoes are at the root of the problem. A month ago the guys could not wait to get below to escape
the rigours of the Southern Ocean, now we are almost always half an hour early on deck!

The racing is as close as ever, the Germans are a couple of miles in front and Tyco just behind us with the lead changing daily, there is no time for let up, the pedal is firmly down!! The boat is holding up well under the relentless pressure and once again I must thank Albert, Freddie, Martin and the rest of our shore crew for preparing the boat to the highest level as always.

Take care, from Jason [Carrington] on board ASSA ABLOY.

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