A week of storms which tired the crews to the limit, penalty points which resulted in Unicef having “negative” points, ocean sprints, speed records, arrivals into Cape Town and controversy about the time trial decision. Also Unicef is due to arrive into Cape Town as you read this post.
This week the crews have been enjoying Rio de Janeiro, some a bit longer than the others. As Team Unicef were bit later arriving they had 5 days to repair damage, victualing, e.g. getting the food for the next leg and recuperating before the next start on Wednesday.
This week has been full of unexpected and exiting events. Ships have been arriving in Rio de Janeiro all week, LMAX Exchange ran aground after finishing first in Rio, Unicef had a difficult broach and the race is shortened for the stragglers.
Unicef remains in a small group of boats at the rear of the pack. It seems that the boats in the front are getting all the strong winds and there is nothing left by the time the rear of the fleet reaches the area. But maybe I am too biased to consider other reasons. Continue reading