Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Still in the game... Green Dragon

Photo Green Dragon
Leg 4 is certainly living up to all expectations; the most challenging leg so far has thrown all that it has the Volvo Ocean Race fleet and it is not over yet! With just over 500 miles remaining for Green Dragon, four boats are still sailing to Qingdao. The latest victim of the conditions was Delta Lloyd, who reported structural damage to the bow of the boat late last night forcing them to suspend racing. They are now safely tied up alongside Ericsson 3 in Taiwan.

Green Dragon have the equivalent to a Fastnet Race remaining, and spirits onboard remain high considering the extent of what they have been through. Phil Harmer summed up the feeling onboard after sailing through toughest leg of his life. “I feel very lucky and proud to be part of a team with such amazing team spirit and determination. We are all competitive people on this boat, but we are also all good friends. When one is down, the rest are there to pick him up again, and that why this team is so good to be a part of. It is also what I believe the race is all about and this leg for all of its highs and lows, will stick with me forever. Mostly because of the people I am sailing with, and for that I’m lucky and grateful. Looking forward to seeing and speaking to you all in Qingdao in a few days time.” You can read his blog in full here