logo
twitter

News

D-4 before the In-Port Race in Cape Town

Basketball game in the cargo ship taking Mar Mostro to Cape Town © Amory Ross
Basketball game in the cargo ship taking Mar Mostro to Cape Town © Amory Ross

Azzam is back in the water and training, Telefonica, Camper and Groupama are ready as well. For the others, the schedule is tight but it should be ok.

As the cargo should arrive tonight in Cape Town, Amory Ross reflects on this first leg


Top of the morning work list: prep the new rig to be stepped midday and clean the boat – it looks like it’s been through hell!

The team's MCM Amory Ross has been chronciling the trip from the PUMA's Mar Mostro, as well as from the island settlement of Tristan da Cunha and the container ship TEAM BREMEN.

This will be his final blog from an incredible leg, though he'll be back soon enough with Leg 2 starting on Sunday, December 11. Over to Amory:

"Hello from the high seas. If you told me this would be PUMA’s last blog of Leg 1 I’d tell you you were crazy – at this point it seems like we’re eternally traveling to South Africa.

But sitting here, swaying back and forth in my Upper Deck cabin, I’ve been trying to reflect all day. I’ve attempted writing lists, humor, and sentiment, all to no effect. I think I’m suffering from some form of exhaustion: exhausted of this leg, exhausted of loud engines, exhausted of wondering when we’ll get to Cape Town, how much time we’ll have there, where our families are, how many emails remain unanswered, and when we can collectively bury the stress of the last few weeks. Unfortunately, a lot of that stress will be carried into Leg 2. We just don’t have enough time before December 11 and the leg start to properly decompress.

But, and it’s a big BUT – we do actually get to Cape Town late tonight, and on behalf of the whole team I offer a very, very loud: FINALLY! (exhale)

The amount of effort that has gone into getting us there is stunning. There are far too many people to thank. All we can say is that we owe you our race. You know who you are and you’ve probably heard it before, but we simply can’t say it enough. You have kept us going through thick and thin, and if there’s one new slice of life out here that I can offer, it’s that we’re extremely positive about our abilities and remaining opportunities, and nobody is doing anything at less than 100 percent.

At this point we just want to go sailing. We all want to go back to doing our jobs. The sailors want to talk trim, analyze polars, and dissect scheds. I want to document racing, not drama. These are the kind of things that we signed up for and it seems like forever ago that we last had the chance to do them. But that’s where we’re at, mentally. We all want to get back in this race, and we will soon enough.

In other news, today’s game of BREMEN ship-hold 'sport' turned into a melee of flying rugby balls and basketballs – great exercise and good fun. Team PUMA was again victorious over the Euro/Philippine shipping crew and it feels good to reignite some of that healthy competitive spirit. Boat work is progressing nicely, but we’re nearing the point of completion: there’s not much more we can do out here with the limited tools we have. As such, plans for our midnight arrival are already in the works.

Play #1 is to get the depowered PUMA’s Mar Mostro off of the BREMEN and into the water, immediately, as this ship needs to return to Durban ahead of some incoming weather. We’ll meet the shore team, clear customs, and then get the boat and the supplies to the compound. Soon thereafter we’ll pull the stubb-of-a-mast and haul the boat. Top of the morning work list: prep the new rig to be stepped midday and clean the boat – it looks like it’s been through hell. Then the new mast goes in, the boat gets re-splashed, and we’re back in business! Just like it never happened, right? Exactly. Nothing short of a miracle…

The next 48 hours are crucial to our state of racing readiness, so wish us luck. We’ve already had plenty in getting here, but we’ll take all we can get!"


Imprimante enveloppe partager sur Facebook partager sur Twitter partager sur LinkedIn partager sur Viadeo partager sur Delicious

Display the whole heading


Journal Lorient-La Base

Visuel journal Lorient-La Base

Émission animée tous les jours en direct à 18h par le journaliste-navigateur Pierre-Yves Lautrou

Institutional partners

Lorient Agglomération

Conseil Général du Morbihan

Région Bretagne

La Ville de Lorient

Official suppliers

  • Veolia
  • Azimut
  • Inter Pôle
  • Lori SI

Bretagne Business Club

logo Bretagne Business Club

Follow the race

>view the race tracker

Share the info

Imprimante enveloppe partager sur Facebook partager sur Twitter partager sur LinkedIn partager sur Viadeo partager sur Delicious

Enter the virtual game

The Game

Newsletter

Subscribe to newsletter

Vol Lorient - Porto
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
©2011-2019 Azimut Communication - Website design & Interactive kiosks
legal information  |  site map  |  RSS  |  Contact us