Team Blog - Nick Dana - 15th November 2011

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 | by ADOR

The mighty Azzam still awaits her ship. The crew is doing the final preparations for the loading, which will hopefully be tonight. The load team consists of Justin Slattery, Simon Fisher, Wade Morgan, Ben Davis and myself. Considering the wind hasn’t dipped below 15 knots since we have been here, and the tide moves through at about 3 knots, we should have plenty on!

Wade met with the loadmaster this morning and it looks like we have a nice little spot carved out in the middle of the ship amongst a sea of 40ft. containers. Azzam will travel with rig out and on her keel. Everything on board is wrapped up, tied down and awaiting approval of the boat captain Wade.

We are following the race quite closely still, wishing we were out there battling out in the trades. Then again we are not complaining about the two-hour lunches with 3 different courses that you can actually chew. No doubt we will be the heaviest team once we reach Cape Town.

More updates to come, as we know more about the loading times. Never a dull sight seeing a Volvo 70 getting hoisted a hundred feet in the air, and placed down in a ship that makes it look like a toy boat in bath tub.

date: Tuesday, 15 November 2011 19:26:43 (Arabian Standard Time, UTC+04:00)

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Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:16:37 (Arabian Standard Time, UTC+04:00)
I had a discussion with a friend who's not a big OR fan. He wanted to know what was wrong that after the new mast was rigged, Skipper decided to let the first leg go. I tried to explain, and correct me if I'm wrong here, that only the mast was new, and that all the rigging--including spreaders, stays, and shrouds came off the old mast. I couldn't make him understand that the mast rigging is a holistic system that has to be tuned and re-tuned before a full load of main and jib can be subjected to ocean winds and seas. It would be great if you all could maybe address that on this blog for the folks who are sailing challenged. But if I was wrong about the new mast, please let me know.

Best to Skipper and crew,
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