It was another pale pink early morning arrival for Emma Richards on Pindar.
Just as the dawn lit the sky over Cape Town, she sailed across the finish line off the harbour entrance. A small tablecloth was tumbling over the edge of Table Mountain providing a perfect backdrop as Pindar scooted across the line at twelve knots.
The last few miles had been difficult. After days of strong winds and following seas, the breeze died to a passing zephyr in the lee of the mountain. Pindar wallowed in the left over slop while Bernard Stamm and Thierry Dubois shouted encouragement from the NSRI lifeboat that was out to greet her. Finally, just as the sky brightened, she slipped from the wind shadow and found a new breeze. Moments later Leg 2 was over.
If anyone thought that her forth place finish in Torbay was a lucky break, Emma's performance on this leg should surely dismiss that idea. Since leaving England she has sailed a fantastic race, pushing Stamm and Dubois to sail their boats as hard as they have ever sailed. Had it not been for a broken mainsail halyard a few days before the finish, Emma might well have taken second for the leg. Instead she happily settled for third. "It feels great to be in Cape Town,"
she said. "I am happy with the way I sailed. It was a long, tough leg, harder than I thought it would be, but I don't think I could have sailed any better."
Looking up at the top of her mast one could only imagine how tough going aloft to reeve a new halyard must have been. It towers 30 meters off the water, and even in the calm of the inner harbour the top was swaying side to side enough to discourage any thoughts of climbing. Emma just smiled and said, "it had to be done."
Since August Emma has sailed across the Atlantic twice and now from England to Cape Town. She is finally getting to know her boat. "I am looking forward to the next leg,"
she said. "I can't wait to see what this boat does down south. But first I want something cold to drink and hot to eat."
Her shore crew were already getting the boat sorted as Emma, Bernard and Thierry disappeared into the nearest restaurant for a bang-up breakfast.
Her official finish time was 03:27:13 UTC (05:27:13 local) for a passage of 30 days, 15 hours, 27 minutes, 13 seconds.
Positions at 0600 GMT, 14/11/02
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