We were on a liquid roller coaster and waves were turning the cockpit into a swimming pool, writes a Global Challenge crewmember on March 3 this year - day five of the 40-day trip from Sydney to Cape Town. By 4pm we had taken down our staysail and had put a third reef in the main. In short, we weren't laughing anymore. The blue skies and sun had disappeared. We were thoroughly wet and hanging on tight.
Ocean racing can be a brutal sport. And for the 205 sailors taking part in the Global Challenge yacht race - billed as the toughest circumnavigation...