There was pleading for a return to "normalcy." Today, however, they write of light-air frustration, lead changes, and prayers for more breeze.
Major gear failures thus far have been halyard locks, headboard cars, and sails, and such failures have punted two would-be front runners-Knut Frostad's Djuice Dragons and Gurra Krantz's Team SEB-to the back of the fleet. As a result, a potentially deadly gap has opened between the back markers and the lead pack of Team Tyco, Assa Abloy, Amer Sports One, Team News Corp, and illbruck challenge, respectively. The lastest victim over the weekend was Krantz' SEB, which reported that its mainsail headboard car had failed. Krantz was forced to send his bow crew up the rig in less-than-ideal conditions. According to Krantz, the foredeck team of Tom Braidwood and Scott Bevis returned to deck looking as if they'd been involved in a bar room fight. "Tom Braidwood had the honor of being up the mast that night and, looking at his body now, he could have been in a fight with only body punches. Scott Beavis had the same honor of being in the same bar, but he took the punches on the nose." It was a harsh batism to V.O. 60 s