Martins blog: Leg 2, Day 2-3

We left our home port of Cascais two days ago and a lot has happened in the past 48 hours.

On Monday evening, the fleet began to bunch up again thanks to the really light air at the Gibraltar Strait, the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea.

We all took a different strategy to reach the gate of the Strait, the top three boats sailed into heavy upwind with 35 knots for many hours and we spent the day tacking close to the beautiful African shore. Aside from the stunning scenery it was a tough day for us as it required a big effort from the entire crew and everybody was on deck all day long: Stacking, tacking, trimming, stacking, tacking, trimming…

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The battle will continue until the finish line tomorrow in Alicante for what looks like another very close finish.

By sunset, faces were drawn and tired and the wind was gone. We could see all our VO65 friends and some IMOCA 60s around us, drifting into the night. 

At dawn this morning, we found ourselves close to AkzoNobel at the head of the fleet. The breeze is back with around 10 knots from the South West and we should go close to the Spanish coast during the day. The battle will continue until the finish line tomorrow in Alicante for what looks like another very close finish.

 

Images: Martin Keruzoré