As the crew set off for the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, we hear from some of the Turn the Tide on Plastic team members on how they are preparing for the journey to Cape Town.
While the Volvo Ocean Race is considered to be the pinnacle of offshore sailing, it is worth remembering that for many of our crew members day seven of this leg will be the longest period of time they have spent at sea.
There is still (roughly) 6990 nautical miles to go of the race and skipper Dee Caffari is concerned with keeping her crew and boat in one piece as they sail into fierce weather conditions.
"Today is just the beginning of a lot of miles and a lot of transitions and breeze. Our crew will start to settle in, find our groove and endeavour to stick with the pack. This is the most important thing, a podium would be incredible but if that's not the case, just knowing we were in the mix is enough. Given the lack of offshore sailing experience, it might take our guys a little longer to dial it and lock it in but don't write us off yet. Who knows what will happen!"
This 7,000 nautical mile leg will undoubtedly be an unforgettable journey for the relatively inexperienced team as they encounter various conditions throughout what could be as long as 25 days of intense racing.
Boat captain Liz Wardley spoke of her expectations for the leg:
“All I'm going to say is it’s going to be fast and wet and we’ll do lots of downwind sailing to the equator, which half the crew have never crossed before. “
Whilst crew member Bianca Cook told us how life on the boat is different to life on shore:
“I feel like if I have any more coffee I might actually jump out of my skin. I’ve only had one coffee but my heart is racing at a million miles an hour, is that because I'm heading for 7,000 miles offshore? This feels like the real deal. The adrenaline rushes through you when you’re in the start sequence and there are so many boats out there and everyone’s yelling your name. I spoke to my mum this morning and told her I’ve crossed the Atlantic Ocean five times now – sure it’s a smaller boat, I don’t have a chef, there’s no shower and no internet, and I do have to pee off the back of the boat but other than that it’s okay and I think that’s the reassurance she needed. “
We wish the best of luck to the Turn the Tide on Plastic crew on their voyage to Cape Town!