Hamish Hooper blogs from on board CAMPER
Is it appropriate that our CAMPER’s leg and campaign is resurrected on Easter Sunday?
Hopefully that’s a good omen.
At 0441 we officially resumed racing in leg 5, having spent the last 26 hours motoring south from Porto Montt to our waypoint of 43 52 S 74 52 W where we suspended racing about 5 days ago.
It already feels colder here than we remember, and unfortunately for us it is only going to get colder until we eventually round Cape Horn and head north again to more tropical waters.
From what I learn from the guys onboard this is now very late in the year to be rounding Cape Horn so hopefully we get lucky and into a nice weather window to take us down, around and up safely over the next few days.
Right now the wind is very light, the swells are such that the boat bangs down off each wave. I am slowly getting used to the banging bow again; it wasn’t an enjoyable sound when it was weakened for the 10 days before we stopped in for repairs. But with each bang the boat sure feels stronger than it did when vibrations would reverberate right through its bones last week.
The good news from onboard in the last 12 hours is that we have now managed to give the bow section of the galley forward a massive wash out.
There wasn’t a minute to spare when we were at the dock for cleaning it once the shore team had finished their mastery- we were off.
So we were wet weather kit on splashing, scrubbing, scrapping, and bailing three times over to flush all of the carbon dust out. It means we can use the galley again, and perhaps most importantly Mike has finished putting the toilet back together so that is open for business again thankfully.
We have about 2800nm’s to go to Itajai which cant pass by soon enough, luckily the guys seem to have equipped themselves as best as possible for passing the time better with Sudoku, iPod’s, and magazines, but I have a feeling any spare time not on watch will be spent in the warmth of the bunks with the dense chill in the air.
“Its great to have the boat back into 100% racing condition- special thanks to our shore team for creating miracles and keeping us in this race. Looking forward to tackling Cape Horn.” CHRIS NICHOLSON