VOR, Blixtar och Dunder!

Etapp 7 mot Lissabon såg ut att bli en lugn start för besättningarna i Volvo Ocean Race innan ovädret var framme. Det var natten ellan måndag och tisdag som båtarna träffades av en tropisk storm som spotta ur sig blixtar och vindar upp till kulingstyrka. Det enda teamet som lyckades undvika stormen var Groupama som genom en tidig gipp lyckades undvika stormen. Groupama leder nu seglingen över atlanten med drygt 30 Nm före den jagande klungan med PUMA i spetsen.

“What a day,” Walker said. “The whole fleet with the exception of Groupama were caught out when the tropical depression Alberta changed course and moved south east over the top of us. We were trying to ride the windshift and extra wind just to the south of it but a violent windshift headed us straight into the eye of the storm."

“There then followed a chaotic 12-hour period as we ended up on the wrong side of it beating upwind in 35 knots. All of a sudden instead of a fast ride east to the south of the storm we were right in it and in survival mode with three reefs and a heavy weather jib."

"We came off some terrible waves but most worrying of all was the lightning. The lightning was crashing all around right down to the water and it didn’t seem possible our carbon mast could avoid a direct strike"