Solo racers battered

The sailors in the Velux 5 Oceans Race have been battling high winds and big seas for the past day or so. The singlehanded, two-stop around the world race started on Sunday, Oct. 22. Mike Golding, a British around the world veteran racer reported fairly bracing conditions: “I have seen 70 knots and it is 63 knots at the moment. The seas are pretty friggin’ enormous…”

Another highly renowned British racer is Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. He sent a short email with the simple title: “Nasty,” It describes rough conditions, but also displays a bit of dry wit from this grizzled pro of ocean sailing: “Wind 58 knots, storm jib up, sea white with spray, surviving not racing, but okay. Irish coffee.”

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By Ocean Navigator