Another Open 60, Hexagon, took a knockdown Sunday night while skipper Graham Dalton was hand steering at 27 knots. After pumping out the seawater that had entered through the open companionway hatch and cleaning up the mess, Dalton passed along a message to Schwab offering to help in any way that he and his shore team can. "I want to beat him on the water, not off," said Dalton.
"Dubois is spicing things up, and that's something I could have done without," said the overall race leader, Bernard Stamm in an e-mail journal entry Monday morning. ""He must not get by me. No way. Crossing the Atlantic as leader only to be overtaken so close to home is out of the question." Strong words from a tough competitor.
Leading the smaller boats in Class 2, Brad van Liew is pushing his Open 50 Tommy Hilfiger hard and having a great time doing it. "Would somebody find out where the brakes are and let me know," said van Liew in his latest e-mail. "I haven't seen the speedo below 20 knots since I started typing so now I really must go. For no reason, of course, than to hoot and holler like a kid on a roller coaster and to just keep asking the boat if there is anything I can do to help."
The position reports graphic is now up and running on the Around Alone site and between that and the e-mail diaries being sent from the boats, it's a fun site to check out. Be sure to read Emma Richard's essay about what she thinks we were all doing Sunday while she was racing. http:http://www.aroundalone.com