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Wind picks up for the Pirates


We found the wind, finally. It has been a slow start to leg two but now we are on the 'highway' heading east and chewing up miles.

We throttled back on the second night when things got rough and Ericsson Racing Team and Brasil 1 broke. We know how gutted they feel.

We are now in second place with ABN AMRO One in sight just down to leeward of us. We are blasting along with the masthead spinnaker up doing 25 knots in 30 knots of wind. The boat is already difficult to sail and very highly loaded as we dig the bow in to a wave every minutes or so and 50 cm of water comes down the deck and the boat does a huge deceleration. Whoever designed these bow sprits did a good job...so far. I don't know how that thing is still on there. I think we will have to downshift again tonight if the wind stays up around 30. I am thinking that winning this leg could be all about not breaking down.



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Your tag line for this article says the boats are hammering West at 18 to 22 knots. I belive they want to go East, not West. H.J. Evans1/6/2006 8:24:54 AM
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