LAT 14 34.0N
LONG 24 08.6W
NOTE: ACCESS CONTROLLER CONTINUALLY OVERHEATING, EMAIL USAGE MAY BE
AFFECTED CLOSER TO EQUATOR.
Another cracking day for Gold coast Australia with an unfortunate twist.
Team Gold coast picked their path through the Cape Verde islands well, with
fantastic wind all day until this evening where the wind is starting to
reduce as we near the ITCZ.
An unfortunate blow hit Gold coast just after midday. Gold coast was flying
along in perfect consistent breeze, and only a slight rolling south
Atlantic swell to affect the movement of the boat. I was getting my head
down after a bath on the back of the boat, as it is quite easy for a
skipper to sleep when the conditions are so perfect when suddenly there
was a call from the deck. I raced up the companionway to find the Medium
weight spinnaker in two pices. The incident was recorded by our trusty
North 1 camera at the back of the boat, and after reviewing the footage
and inspecting the spinnaker, I can find no reason for such an occurrence.
This is a massive loss for Gold coast, as the Medium weight spinnaker is the
workhorse of the boat in these conditions, especially at night when the
light weight spinnaker has the potential to suffer damaged if the helmsman
loose their course in darkness or if the wind shifts in directions
suddenly. Nb the wind just shifted a full 60 degrees to the south while I
was typing this email creating a flutter of activity on deck.
Gold coast continues to race to the Eastern “bottleneck” of the ITCZ and
hopes to move up the ranks throughout the night. BT