Wednesday, March 11, 2009

icy conditions ahead...

credit: Guo Chuan/Green Dragon Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
Green Dragon See Icebergs in the Southern Ocean, on leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Qingdao to Rio de Janeiro
Green Dragon remains the most southerly boat in the fleet, at 50 degrees South the conditions onboard have become uncomfortable as the temperature has dropped. Being this far south also means the threat of icebergs and so far the crew onboard the Dragon have already seen several in the last 24 hours, each were between 100 metres across and the size of a football pitch! It was a nervous night onboard as everyone became aware of the dangers around them, “it was a sharp reminder to us that at 50 degrees South there is a real danger from these breakaway icebergs or ‘growlers’.” commented Ian Walker this morning. “I noticed this morning that a few more people are now wearing survival suits and we have made a point of closing all the water-tight doors. Daylight came as a bit of a relief and we have now gybed North towards the ice gate that is supposed to keep us away from any such ice”. Read his full blog here