ASSA's fast ride is wet and wild

Volvo log

Sailing

May 04, 2002|By Chris Larson

ABOARD ASSA ABLOY — Annapolis sailor Chris Larson, tactician aboard ASSA ABLOY, will provide updates during Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

ABOARD ASSA ABLOY - Wet, wild, and fast! This is the only way to describe Leg 7. The start on Sunday was great as the eight Volvo 60s tacked through the Bay Bridge and down the Chesapeake.

Since then, the throttle has been mashed to the floor. Winds have been 20 to 30 knots. We logged 471 miles during one 24-hour period. I think 28.2 knots (32.5 mph) is our fastest speed so far.

"Fire hosing" best describes life on board. There is a constant flow of water over the deck and into the faces and bodies of everyone on deck. By the time your watch is over, you're happy to go below, dry off and warm up. Four hours later, you're back on deck doing the same thing.

NOTE: A 1/2 -hour program on the Annapolis start will be televised 6 p.m. today on ESPN2.

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