Update: nu över 600 distans… stay tuned!
E4 fortsätter att mata på. Senaste noteringen över 24 timmar är 594.23 distans, vilket ger en snittfart på 24.7 knop. Imponerande! Foton: Guy Salter/Ericsson 4/Volvo Ocean Race.
ABN AMRO TWOs gamla rekord var på 562.96 distans över 24 timmar.
Under tiden verkar E3 ha det lite tuffare:
“The worst watch of my life.” It takes quite a lot to hear those words from a guy like Richard Mason who has done two Volvo Ocean Races before and a huge amount of other yachting. But this morning, when he stumbled down the hatch at eight, he said it. “We were in a squall for four hours and it was pitch black, absolutely no visibility at all. I couldn’t see the waves and no horizon and we had everything from 19 to 46 knots of wind, he says, catches his breath and continues:
“Going with the chute up in that much breeze on one of these boats, when you can’t see a thing, is as terrifying as it gets. It is usually pretty easy when the breeze is steady but it just doesn’t get any harder than it was tonight. The guys did a great job to get the boat and ourselves through it in one piece.”
Was there an option to take the gennaker down?
“To be honest we were caught with our pants down. There was never a chance to get the damn thing off! It was pretty much survive or die! And, we survived.”