(April 2, 2015; Day 17) – The fleet has survived the kicking they got last night, only to wake up to a much calmer picture. The issue was an extremely strong wind set against an opposite current flow of 2 knots. This kicked up a short aggressive wave that definitely claimed the title of potentially boat breaking conditions.
“As strong as the carbon fiber is, with every wave it seems hundreds of new noises are heard cracking and groaning with each hit,” reports Matt Knighton on Abu Dhabi. “We’ve had regular delam checks through the hull and every 30 minutes our bow bilge water alarm goes off from a leak we can’t find.”
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