Bianca reports on leg two: VOR 2017/2018

WHERE IN THE WORLD: Lisbon to Cape Town

Picture having a fire hose pointed at your face for four hours, going off to sleep for four hours and during those being woken up to move the stack, gybe and face the fire hose again. Leg 2 was as much a mental challenge as it was a physical one. We managed to hang out with Skallywag the entire time we were in the southern hemisphere and it was like a cruel game of cat and mouse as the lead kept changing. It was definitely the longest match race I’ve been involved in.

Image Credit: Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race

Image Credit: Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race

Image Credit: Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race

Image Credit: Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race

As we crossed the Equator those who hadn’t crossed it before had to be initiated by King Neptune. Apparently the three times I had crossed it previously didn’t count as I hadn’t “raced” across??? Who am I to argue with King Neptune? But considering I never had a proper crossing when I first crossed I accepted the punishment. We had three choices: Shaved eyebrows, cut hair or take a bite out of a flying fish. I chose the flying fish.

Image Credit: Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race

Image Credit: Sam Greenfield/Volvo Ocean Race

With the equator crossing behind us we continued to head south and switched between heading to Cape Town and Cape Horn continuously. At one stage it honestly felt like we were going to head the wrong way. We then unfortunately fell off the back of a pressure system and then headed dead south to Antarctica to find some ice cream.

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We fought a hard battle and continued to push right up until the finish where Skallywag just managed to get us. But now we are in Cape Town and in a beautiful apartment with a massive double bed, a bath and a stunning view. After hot bunking for the last three weeks this is pure luxury. Time to enjoy some down time and the sights of Cape Town. Bring on the next leg to Melbourne.

Bianca reports on leg one: VOR 2017/2018

WHERE IN THE WORLD: Alicante to Lisbon

Leg 1 complete!!!

Wow where do I start…. The atmosphere at the village was insane on the morning of the start of Leg 1, it was extremely overwhelming and felt like a dream, I couldn’t believe I was about to start the Volvo Ocean Race… this was really truly happening. 

We docked out and headed for the start with clear tactics as to how we were going to approach the leg. As we approached the final mark it seemed like the spectator boats got a little too excited and wanted to get even closer to the action. 

Jen Edney/ Volvo Ocean Race

Jen Edney/ Volvo Ocean Race

We were right up with the fleet and when we approached Gibraltar Strait we were amongst the pack heading through. We managed to hang on to the fleet and had some close racing with three of the other boats up until we rounded Porto Santo

Jen Edney/ Volvo Ocean Race

Jen Edney/ Volvo Ocean Race

Jen Edney/ Volvo Ocean Race

Jen Edney/ Volvo Ocean Race

Highlight: Gibraltar Straits

Low light: Wet soggy socks. I thought i’d take a bit of kiwi spirit with me for the first leg so opted to take my Sir Peter Black red socks with me. Turns out that they aren’t the most practical socks and I think for the following legs I might opt for my seal skins instead but you can’t blame a girl for trying.

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Leg 2 to Cape Town starts on Sunday with an in port race on Friday. Bring on the madness.

Bianca sailing in VOR Prologue Race

WHERE IN THE WORLD: Lisbon to Alicante

As momentum builds for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race, Bianca and her fellow team mates on TURN THE TIDE ON PLASTIC have taken part in the Prologue Race.

"We are racing from Lisbon to Alicante to get the boats to the start line," says Bianca. "The race doesn’t count for points but it’s a great chance for us to grow as a team and to go off shore before the start of the race."

Image: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Image: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

Saving baby turtles in Mexico

WHERE IN THE WORLD: Cancun, Mexico

We aren't always sailing (though we are usually pretty close to the water) and Paige recently got to experience a bucket list moment, rescuing baby turtles in Cancun, helping them make it safely to the sea after hatching, and avoiding their many predators! 

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"Tonight I helped save over 150 baby turtles, giving them safe passage past gulls and other predators," says Paige. "Without a doubt one of the coolest things I've done in my life."

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