Tricky conditions for Spirit of Hungary

Tricky conditions for the team on Spirit of Hungary, as Conrad Colman reports from the boat: "We are now in the axis of the ridge and it's a house of horrors with the wind turning from North to East to South and back again."

Emails from the boats JAN 2, 2015 15:26

Conrad Colman (NZL):

“We were a little conservative in our sail choice the first night and as a result struggled to keep the same course and speed as the others. This lead us to be caught in the light winds behind Ibiza with We are Water but were again slow adding bigger sails and have been caught by a ridge of high pressure.

"We are now in the axis of the ridge and its a house of horrors with the wind turning from North to East to South and back again. Every sail change or tack gives renewed hope that a change will stick but it's not long before the inevitable shift comes again and we need to start all over again.

"It's a long race and I hope we’ll have opportunities to catch up later. That's the only thought I can hang onto now! Fingers crossed for the next few hours."

Nandor Fa (HUN):

“After the start we followed the easterly track, we thought that is the better option. It wasn’t. In the morning our gennaker sheet broke, that took one hour to repair, done. We could see the small transition developing here and tried to escape to the south, but are stuck. Maybe we are the only one to get stuck here.

"Our mood is pretty bad, but we hope some wind for the afternoon.”