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.