Hearts sink on Virgin Money
- Oct 24, 2008
The last two days have felt like a lifetime, we knew when we set out this late in the season that we were going to be faced with some horrific weather conditions but none of us could have predicted the huge storm systems – at times between gale force 7 – 9, seeing swells up to 40ft – that we have been bombarded with. We have pushed Virgin Money to its limits – I now fear over her limits.
We have the most amazing, experienced crew, including Olympic triple Gold medallist Ben Ainslie, onboard - who will work flat out for the next few hours to endeavour to resurrect our dreams of breaking this most historic of sailing records. After everything we have been through in the last two days Sam, Holly (who has already been called upon several times to use her medical training with the crew suffering a variety of injuries as a result of being thrown about the boat by the severe conditions) and I will be bitterly disappointed to give up the fight for our first world record attempt together as a family.