LEG 2: ORANGE SAILS
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We were concerned about what lay ahead, and apprehensive. Out in the vast expanse of the Southern Indian Ocean, 1,000 miles from the nearest landmass, we would be reliant on each other in the event of a disaster, in a place notorious for its hostile weather. But after ten days ashore to eat, sleep and recover and, perhaps most importantly, get away from each other, we set off with cautious optimism about our voyage. The five of us were now bolstered by three extra crew members, Andrew Cutler, Ian James and Tony Hudson.
Surprisingly, this voyage was to be a doddle compared to the South Atlantic. The highest wind speed we saw was 47 knots, and the breeze was consistently behind us. We felt comfortable trucking along in over 35 knots of wind, making 10 knots with only our orange storm sails up. With eight people on board, sail changes were more manageable. The boat remained wet inside, but we had a fair amount of sunshine for the next four weeks. There was time again for Travel Scrabble. We waited for the weather to worsen.
We made a brief stop at one of the most remote islands in the world. Île Saint-paul is situated almost directly between South Africa and Australia, around 1,600 miles from the nearest land. In the early hours of 2
November we approached a looming mass on the port bow in the dawn light and turned to anchor in