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|Friday, 22 May 2009|
The exit out of Boston was a challenging passage for Green Dragon, as they
weaved their way through hundreds of lobster pots and the container ships which
lined the route out. Add a drop in temperature and a thick fog and the start
has not been an easy one...
The exit out of Boston was a challenging passage for Green Dragon, as they weaved their way through hundreds of lobster pots and the container ships which lined the route out. Add a drop in temperature and a thick fog and the start has not been an easy one. The fleet headed out around the whale exclusion zone and then headed east towards Nova Scotia. Navigating the lobster pots was not an easy task and it turned into a bigger challenge for Green Dragon after they became entangle with several lobster pots. They cleared two of them, but the damage to the port daggerboard was clear, as one line had sawn its way through the leading edge leaving them with a 250 cut in the laminate. The repair is now complete and the crew are now working on pulling back valuable miles on the pack ahead, they now lay in seventh place 30 miles behind current leader PUMA. “This is a big disappointment as we were in sight of five boats and sailing well. We can only hope that we don’t lose touch with the fleet and live to fight another day,“ commented Skipper Ian Walker.
For the time being the fleet have been in a drag race as they head towards the scoring gate, which they are due to pass tomorrow morning. They will then focus on the ice exclusion zone, where the drag race should end and the tactical options will start to come into play. Current forecasts suggest a big low pressure system waiting for the fleet once they have navigated their way around the ice box, a fast a furious downwind sprint to the finish in Galway looks to be on the cards.
The latest poll from onboard Green Dragon to the online Game community is
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INTERVIEW WITH NAVIGATOR IAN MOORE
Is that slowing you down?
What about the weather, cold?
When it gets that cold, is there a natural rush for hats and gloves?
What about the fog, does that put you on edge?
It makes the radar your favourite piece of equipment onboard or is that
Finally, does Boston feel long gone, now you are in race mode.
Leg Seven Day 3: 1600 GMT Volvo Ocean Race Positions
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