Yachts Back In the Water
2004/2005 Global Challenge
Wellington, New Zealand
The skippers and crew were met with 28 degrees Celsius and bright sunshine on their return to Wellington yesterday as the countdown to the start of Leg 3 get's underway. The fleet are all now back in the water and the crews beginning their preparations for the sprint leg to Sydney, AUS which starts on February 6.
The race skippers reconvened for their first meeting in the afternoon before attending a cocktail reception at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Crew Volunteers are starting to re-appear from various parts of New Zealand and abroad but most have until tomorrow to themselves, when the race preparations will begin.
However, with all the yachts now back in the water in readiness for the teams' return, BG SPIRIT
seem to be getting stuck in already. Bill LANE reported on their progress in his daily log from Wellington:
"After what seems like an eternity BG SPIRIT made it back into the water at lunch time today. Having been in the first batch of yachts taken out after we arrived she was the last to touch down back in the water. Now the team can really start the work of getting ready for the run to Sydney.
"Today has been spent working on the bits we could do before the boat was back in the water and making preparations for when she was. Most activity has centred on the sails, with hanks that were loose being re-sewn on or mending the stitching where it was coming undone. First steps of food preparation were also made … Holidays and trips away suddenly seem so far away as we begin to focus on the leg ahead."