Voicememo update Mark #10

2018 December 9th | Golden Globe Race

Hi there, I have spoken to Susie. She was very happy that we could chat on the satphone. She is completely destroyed. She told me that she was having a very bad day. She is completely destroyed. All those years of work she put into the boat. The boat is really absolutely destroyed, total loss. Even the chain plates have been pulled out of the deck. The railing is completely off the boat. Everything is broken.

First her boat was pitchpoled (head to head)  and then she was rolled sideways. So the mast has been broken into three pieces. She was just at the chart table where she wanted to call me. She was lucky with that because she lay on the bed before and actually everything that went wrong ended up on that bed during the roll-over. She went unconscious for a moment. She fell on the head. But after she got up she started to fix everything and saw the mast from deck.

She is now waiting for a boat, she is incredibly nervous to climb on board because she feels weak. But I told her ‘you just have to go, you can do it, give it all’.  But of course I do understand.

It is, of course, incredibly difficult for her. For her also, her ‘whole life’went into that boat. She lost everything. It is hard to leave your boat now and leave it there at sea. It is all incredibly difficult. It will take a while before she get over this. She'll call me again tomorrow after the rescue when she's on board.

 She was very happy that I called her. When she picked up I said: 'if you do not want to speak I also understand, but she was very happy. I was also very happy that I could call her. We went through things and shit with the three of us for months. We we were constantly boosting and motivating each other. I think I was the biggest motivator because I always try to get everyone together and motivate them to continue. So yes, it is difficult and heavy but fortunately there is a boat nearby. A few more hours, another 45 minutes now for me and then the boat will arrive at Susie.
Right now I can’t stop thinking about it and hope that things are going well. I'm not going to sleep now. I have my phone on when Susie wants to call when she is on board. I also said ‘if you are on board and want to do whatever you want first then first do it and call me in the afternoon when everything goes well. But yeah.
I have bad weather again with wind from the North. Its not normal. I'm pushing the boat because I want to overtake the old one, but yes. He has a bit of luck now but that's how things will go. He will get no wind and then I can sail hard. If I generally sail a little bit harder than it will be okay. I only hope that he also gets a little headwind because then I have a chance to make up for a good set of miles.
Super cool that everything is going well and that there are so many reactions on our messages on the internet. I don’t think there are a lot of boats that can take such pictures of my boat like yesterday. Most ships do not have those cameras on board, I guess. Yesterday's photos were taken 3.5 miles away with an hug telephoto lens. Of course, these guys have these enormous photo lenses so they can photograph fishing boats from far away so that they can see what they are up to before they are seen. We’ll see, Kaar, I'll speak to you later.
Photo by Christophe Favreau | Christophe Favreau Photos