Globe40: Preparing for the final push

The 2022-23 Globe40 is an eight-leg doublehanded round the world race in Class40s. Seven teams were at the beginning on June 26, with four teams having started the 2000 nm Leg 7 on February 5 from Recife, Brazil to St Georges, Grenada. Among the teams is American Joe Harris with Roger Junet who file this report on February 16, 2023:

We finished Leg 7 of the Globe 40 from Recife, Brazil to Grenada. The leg was very fast and mostly downwind – either tight or broad reaching – so very wet on deck. It was a perfect leg for the Class 40s as these boats are designed for this point of sail and they really fly.

We were all averaging boatspeeds between 10 and 14 knots but Whiskey Jack really took off, so credit to Mel and Tom who pushed their boat hard. We have done the usual rig check and have now hauled GS2 out of the water to check the keel, rudders, and sail drive and all seems good. We will use the next 4 days to go over the boat carefully and be sure everything is ready on February 24 for the last leg start to Lorient, France…

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