UNICEF has arrived in Seattle in second place after an epic race while other teams have sustained significant damage and are limping to Seattle. My USA trip visiting the National Parks is progressing well with visits to Yosemite, Kings Valley and Sequoia National Park and Death Valley today.
UNICEF has arrived in Seattle in an epic second place after not only battling against the relentless storms but also their rival LMAX Exchange in a 24 day race across the Northern Pacific. They have sustained some damage such as ripping the aft pedestal from the deck just as we did on my leg 5 from Australia to Da Nang. This leg has not only seen the tragic loss of a crew member, but also significant damage to the boats. Team Da Nang Vietnam sustained so much damage during a knock-down that they retired from the race and are making best speed to Seattle. The skipper of Garmin explained their knock-down and the resulting damage to stanchions, pull-pit, the steering position frame and loss of steering. It has certainly been a tough time for all teams.
Following the second fatality onboard IchorCoal the skipper, Darran Ladd, has announced that he is stepping down as skipper in Seattle, an understandable decision after such a difficult and emotional time.
This week will be a busy week for the Clipper teams repairing the damage and getting ready for the very long leg from Seattle to Panama and onto Manhattan New York. This will be a virtualler nightmare trying to load food to feed 20 crew for 5 weeks onboard an already crowded boat.
I will have an easier week travelling to the Hoover Dam and spending time along the Grand Canyon before heading north to Zion and the Arches National Parks.