The latest blog from Gosport sailor Greg Miller, the skipper of the Mission Performance team in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Twelve ocean-racing yachts left Gosport in August for the 40,000 nautical mile race.
Round the world crew member Lavinia ‘Vin’ Darby had a great birthday and a lovely birthday cake was served between breakfast sittings...it would have been too hard to hide it all day from her!
I’m sure she would have rather been spending it with her husband Darren on hard ground, but we tried to make it as painless as possible for her!
Despite the fact that she volunteered to be mother again today?!
Since IchorCoal appeared on the scene, the wind seems to have filled in and we are making a fast passage, more north than I would have liked, but this could be to our advantage as it looks like there will be more wind there in hours to come.
We are also expecting the current wind to back allowing us to put in (hopefully) another faultless gybe and head again direct for Albany.
That is exactly what we did! Faultless gybe, followed by a faultless peel down to the medium weight spinnaker.
What followed was not however, quite faultless!
A kite wrap turned into holes which was dealt with expertly with the Yankee hoist and drop.
Then the heavyweight went up, riding turns on the primary winch, wine glass, holes!
Yankee up again, heavyweight down.
We currently have two spinnakers on the floor being repaired, wooled and packed.
The guys are working flat out to get the kites ready to hoist as we are losing ground with IchorCoal and Da Nang – Viet Nam with our Yankee 3 and staysail up!
n Greg Miller’s sailing
career began as a sea scout
secondary school and
joining the army he
worked as a sailing and
watersports instructor in