The ‘Roaring Forties’ have bared their teeth in the Clipper Round the World challenge with the ‘Derry-Londonderry’ yacht experiencing the full force of a ferocious weather system bringing with it hail, ice and gusts of up to 70 knots.
Despite recent damage to their mast track following a crash gybe, Mark Light and his crew on the Derry vessel - currently in ninth place in the race - have managed to jury rig a solution which enabled them to fly their heavyweight spinnaker.
“We were flying it happily for a few hours until we heard a crack when the beak end of the pole broke for the second time this race and we were left to gain control of the pole and drop the spinnaker,” Mark said. “As the wind built further, just before dark we put the second reef in the main and now the boat feels very fast and very comfortable.”
“We also have a perfect full moon - the fullest moon you could ever see. This Southern Ocean looks beautiful yet menacing all at the same time and it’s a real privilege to be sailing here,” he said.