9th June 2012-Final Approaches.

Direct From Onboard:

50 miles to the finish of the Global Ocean Race! It is 18H00 Z and we are sailing through our last front. There is drizzle and it is icy cold on deck.


Today we climbed up on to the continental shelf watching out for fishing vessels. We have seen a few but not as many as we thought we might see.


The gennaker that we had had up all night filled and powered us along.

After lunch Nick dropped the gennaker in the pouring rain as the wind had increased. An hour or so later the wind eased off and we wallowed down the waves in very light winds with the swell pushing us around and rolling the boat.


It was not long and the wind filled in again and the sky started to get darker as the front approached us. We passed between two fishing boats and the radar started to get covered in yellow and blue speckles. On the radar you can clearly see the front coming with a line of yellow speckles that indicates the rain and the wind shift. We were humming a long at 11 knots directly towards the finish line. We decided to put a reef in as it looked very windy on the water. The rain came down once more and the boat picked up speed. We continued to reach across Biscay towards Les Sables and the finish. We have both tanks full of water and the boat is sitting comfortably on 10 to 12 knots. The sea is moderate and every now and again we pick up a wave and the boat hums along at 14 knots. This is probably some of the best flat water surfing we have had in a long time! Fast and Easy! We continue to reach across Biscay towards Les Sables and the finish of the Global Ocean Race.


We hope to finish at about midnight Zulu which will be 02H00 French time.

We have our flares ready for when we cross the line…. more to follow once we have had some sleep ashore!…

13 Responses to 9th June 2012-Final Approaches.

  1. Dad L. June 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    We’ve just internalised our (Scottish) flares and are closing this station for the late night hours. If all goes as we trust it will, you’ll be tucked up in your berth when we again contact cyberspace. Nick may remember what I mean when I am reminded of arriving in Luderitz in 1998. Rest well!

  2. Len Davies June 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Go, man, go! Can’t wait for the news that you’ve finished, the flares have been drawn and you’re safely alongside and being greeted by throngs of well-wishers at the conclusion of a memorable voyage!

  3. Barbi Rickard June 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Watching and waiting till you are in. Only about 20 miles to go now probably less. What a way to finish, surfing in on a flat sea. Such a contrast to Wellington! Will check again at midnight. Think I’ll get my own (Scottish) flare ready, like your dad Phillippa.

  4. Janet Gibb June 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Kia ora! It’s been fab following your adventures!

  5. Barbi Rickard June 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Well I am sure you must be tied up to the dock by now. No confirmation, but I’ve had my celebratory drink. It’s 00:30 GMT so I reckon you have DONE IT!!! so CONGRATULATIONS Phillippa and Nick. I am in awe of your mammoth achievement. such a long way and so much has happened. Your tenacity, courage and sporting spirit is amazing, and you can be proud of this fantastic victory. Enjoy all the praise, recognition and the celebrations that go with it.

  6. Brian & Roz June 10, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    Congratulations to you both – We look forward to hear more after you have been ashore for a bit – Well done & Sleep well-

  7. Des June 10, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Congratulations guys, what a brilliant achievement, well done!!

  8. Andrew T June 10, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Congratulations Nick and Phillippa. Your completion of this race around the world is a stirling achievement and a landmark in South African Yachting. Well done, and take it easy for a while.

  9. Lindsay Birch June 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Great. Well done aaand congrats fro all on Maji.
    Paul re-elected as Pres and Dale as Commodore.
    When will we see you again?

  10. Greg HS June 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Well done team! xxx

  11. Alan Hughes (out of RCYC) June 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Around The World successfully completed – absolutely brilliant, well done!

  12. Matthew & Ally June 11, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Congratulations! Well done! Bravo!

  13. Mark & Amanda - Magnum June 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    Congratulations on finishing & coming 3rd, what an amazing adventure. Hope you get a good rest & time to celebrate xx

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