"We are sending it down mountainous waves. Not an exaggeration. They look like something out of another world," wrote OBR Sam Greenfield (USA) on Day 4 of the third leg in his daily blog. He and the crew of nine sailors are battling a low-pressure system in the Southern Ocean on their way from Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne, Australia.
"It is about 45 knots of wind right now and we are going 30 knots," said Mark Towill. "It's crazy yet somehow we are in still control."
The boat will continue to face extreme conditions along the 5,800-mile course. Sitting in third place, they are currently gybing along the Antartic Ice Exclusion Zone - an area determined by race control to keep the teams from sailing near risky icebergs.
"We are walking the line in between speed and safety," said navigator, Simon Fisher. "The boat is in one piece but there is an issue with the mainsail that will need to be addressed when the winds calm down. Unfortunately, becalmed conditions may still be days away."