Clipper sailors suffer seasickness as the race resumes

The first 24 hours back at sea can be pretty tough on a crew – they've
lost their sea legs after some time on shore, they're out of the rhythm
of life at sea, and the motion of the boat slamming through choppy
waters is not conducive to holding on to lunch. The lumpy conditions
weren't very much in evidence in the first two races of the Clipper
09-10 series so it will take some time for crews to adjust.

Race Director Joff Bailey says, “All of the teams are currently sailing
hard on the wind into a very lumpy sea which will be taking its toll on
body and mind as the boats plough through waves and the crews struggle
to get their sea legs back. The human body is note designed to be shaken
around as it can be when sailing into headwinds in a rough sea and most
people will be well out of their comfort zone. But, after a day or two,
it's amazing that the human body can adjust to this new, alien
environment.”

Brendan Hall, skipper of the overall race leader, Spirit of Australia,
is clearly still on a high after yesterday afternoon's race start –
despite the tricky conditions on board. “What an amazing send off from
Rio and what a great little race out of Guanabara Bay, with positions
swapping every few minutes. Very exciting racing. Now we are just
settling into our on board routines and getting used to broken sleeping
patterns again. Seasickness has taken a heavy toll on some, but the
spirits are high and we are racing hard. The first night out is always a
tough one.”

“It's great to be out racing again,” says California's skipper, Pete
Rollason, whose team had just 58 hours on shore. “It was a monumental
effort by the crew to get the boat turned around and ready in two days.
The start was very interesting with various tactical moves; however we
stuck to our game plan and drove hard with total focus. It was extremely
pleasing for all the crew to look back at Copacabana beach as we headed
south east and see nine other boats behind us. It was a real lift and,
although it's very early days of Race 3 it's just the sort of start we
needed.”

A range of tactics is being played out among the fleet. If you hit the
replay button on the race viewer on www.clipperroundtheworld.com the
resulting scattered fan of boats resembles one of the formations
performed by the Red Arrows RAF display team at the race start on the
Humber.

Edinburgh Inspiring Capital has taken the most northerly route while, as
expected, a significant number of teams are trying to make some good
mileage to the south early in the race to get around the bottom of the
South Atlantic High.

“This is a wise move,” says Joff. “The direct route to Cape Town could
take you through the middle of the high pressure system with large areas
of no winds – and, even worse, some serious headwinds.”

Qingdao and Hull & Humber are side by side once again, matching each
other's moves. Skipper of the English boat, Piers Dudin, explains,
“Everything's going to plan. I wanted to be the southern-most boat –
easting can easily wait for the moment – although we technically still
have the furthest to go to Cape Town, right now it's all about heading
south. It's nice to be heading towards the Southern Ocean, Mecca for
many a sailor, although we'll be turning left for Cape Town before we go
too far!”

Eero Lehtinen and Team Finland have a similar plan – and the
Helsinki-born skipper is making the most of his knowledge of the
conditions around Cape Town, which he now calls home.

He says, “We are heading rather radically south and even west of south –
not making massive progress towards Cape Town. It looks like the way
around the South Atlantic High will be taking us to penguin latitudes…
it will most likely be Roaring Forties before heading for Cape Town
which we will approach south of west to have the better breeze and less
of the north-flowing Benguelan Current.

“We have some company from Spirit of Australia and Cape Breton Island
right behind us and Cork crossed about five miles behind us earlier last
night.

“So, shorts and sunhats will soon be replaced by thermals and fleece
beanies, oilies and boots. The movement of the boat has been slamming
and rather bouncy through the night, sea legs have gone missing for most
of us and seasickness has been measuring certain people's sense of
humour levels. All of us need some time to get into the routines again.

“The stop in Rio was great but it is really nice to know that next
mountain to climb will be Table Mountain! I am on my way home.”

POSITIONS AT 0900 UTC, WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER

1 Edinburgh Inspiring Capital DTF 3171
2 California DTF 3198 DTL +27
3 Jamaica Lightning Bolt DTF 3201 DTL +30
4 Team Finland DTF 3235 DTL +64
5 Qingdao DTF 3242 DTL +71
6 Spirit of Australia DTF 3245 DTL +73
7 Cape Breton Island DTF 3245 DTL +74
8 Cork DTF 3247 DTL +76
9 Uniquely Singapore DTF 3247 DTL +76
10 Hull & Humber DTF 3258 DTL +87

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