Leg 3 Cape Town to Albany Australia, Part 1

Crew ready to GO!

Crew ready to GO!

Race start is always interesting as we have a crew briefing where they tell us what to expect as far as weather, wind, the adventure of the sailing and the schedule.  Forecast for start of Leg 3 was prepare for 40 to 50 knot winds!!!  Expect to rock and roll through days of exciting wind and waves and lots of surfing the waves.  This section of the Southern Ocean is the one that will provide you a fantastic and fun Sleigh Ride.  After the mass Crew Brief we had our boat one with new Skipper Matt Mitchell.  He emphasized that we would most likely be in our foulies the whole leg and be ready for cold, rough action.  Be sure that you are double clipped on with your tethers (clip on from life jacket to strap that runs from bow to stern of boat)!  Not a problem for me as Nick A and Tony were already on my case to be safe!!  Cool, we are ready and have only a little trepidation to be doing this with someone we have not sailed with previously.  We believe in the team!! Continue reading