Konrad Frost (OBR)

Tack in the semi-darkness. Mark rounding. Someone (Annemieke?) counts down to the mark. Someone else shouts "deploy, deploy, deploy..." TTToP behind them. Libby: We're just off the coast of Norway. Half a boatlength between us and Turn the Tide. But we did a better peel inside them, so we got better distance on them. Witty gives the owner instructions on the helm. TTToP a few boatlengths astern of them.Scallywag tacks a boatlength to windward of TTToP in the sunset. Not a great tack; takes a while to get the sail in, and it looks to me like TTToP escapes to the lee bow. Jack, below, describes it. "A mid-ocean lee bow... They came in with plenty of pace; had a bad tack." All pretty tight, with Akzo and Brunel not too far in front. Shot of TTToP on their lee bow.Libby looks at her tablet. Witty: I've told you many times over the last 12 months: Nothing good comes from a cloud... Not in great shape, but the boat we need to keep ahead of [TTToP] is back there [points behind them]. MAPFRE went from miles behind to leading... gutsy move. TTToP sailing below them. Sunset. Ben: Always nice to get a good result, a podium. Need to stay ahead of Turn the Tide to avoid the wooden spoon.Trystan passes up "toasties". Lightweight frying pan, ham and cheese. Annemieke jokes about being far down the queue. Annemieke: End of an era. Scallywag in the Volvo. Trystan cleans dishes. Gives Annemieke a toasty. Trystan: Everyone's talking about how much we're going to miss the sailing. All the spectator boats. It's a great race, and I'm for sure looking forward to doing the next one. That's my goal. Libby eats her toasty, talks to Trystan about her favorite version. "Next race."Dockout. Witty: Feeling pretty good. We've been sailing well. Haven't been getting the result, so we're due for one. Got the boss driving... [Seng Huang Lee, I guess?] The minute you start trying not to run last, you run last. We're not having that conversation. Libby: Bit of a battle on, you realize that an epic journey is coming to an end. Does play on your mind a bit. But ultimately it's gonna be a fast and furious two and a bit days. Alex previews the leg. Sounds excited. Parko: The non-sleeping Olympics. We'll get to Norway around midnight, and next mark a couple of hours after that. Start. Owner actually is driving the boat, though he's not mentioned in the official site's Crew page. Witty tells him where to point the boat. Parko: These legs are pretty special. Finishing the race for Fish, that's pretty special in itself. Might be the last time we get to sail with the same crew. These are the moments in our sport that don't come around too often. Shots of the owner on the helm. TTToP to port. Dongfeng ahead nad to leeward of them. Trystan and Ben on the foredeck. Owner is gripping the wheel like someone's trying to steal it. Owner: It's very exciting. I haven't sailed in two years, so it's good fun. Always good to spend time with the crew. I'm a little bit of the monotony after ten legs. Looking foward to spending a few days with everyone. [Now I'm wondering if he had to go through the certification all the other racers did. Sounds like he didn't.]Scallywag blasting in windy conditions with reefed main / J3. Antonio on the stern: Come and do the Volvo and see the world! He gestures at the waves. Witty at the nav station: Rubbish. We're last again. Three lasts in a row. Plus a did not finish. So basically we haven't got any points since New Zealand. So since we were third on the table we haven't got a point. Reaching on deck. Slomo wake. Witty: In 196 miles I get a cold beer, and a piece of steak I can use a knife and fork with, and I get a cuddle from Lynnie. Anniemieke on the stern rubs her hands. "If your hands are warm, your head is warm, your heart is warm." Witty: 30 years of yachting. I don't think I've ever seen a harsher penalty for one very small error, that could have actually not been an error as well. [Thought at first he was talking about Fish. :-( ] 10 miles maybe, even 50 miles wouldn't have been harsh. But we lost 100 miles the first 6 hours of the race, and we're going to finish 25 miles behind them. Slomo spray, wake. Witty: Quite a lot of traffic coming into Gothenburg, ships and stuff, separation zones. So my job the last two watches has been to sit in front of the computer and make sure we don't run into a tanker. Because that would put the icing on the cake, wouldn't it? Massive seas, raining, can't see 6 foot in front of you. 195 miles to go man. Slomo spray on deck.Stern cam shot with big wind. Double- (or triple- ?) reefed main. Instrument readout at nav station: TWS 38.4. Trystan, below, gets his foulies on. It is pretty windy. Had about 38 knots last night. Upwind, J3, well, pretty well upwind. Gonna be heinous. Cockpit shot. Trystan: Last day now; difficult to gain miles. But as the wind eases we'll be changing sails, so we'll need to do a good job with that. Entering Gothenburg. Keep it going. Spreader cam view of the cockpit. Trystan talks about sleeping as soon as he gets below. "Love sleep." Antonio: Also lots of rain, and it feels like needles when it hits your eyes. Need eye projection. It's what it is; it's the same for everybody. Bow pounding. Antonio: Should arrive today, this evening. He gets confused about what time it is; laughs. "It doesn't matter. It's daylight all the time."Jack on the helm. Jack, below: I am enjoying it. The conditions that we've got; 25 knots at about 90 true. So broad reaching. Plenty of water over the deck. Reefs in reefs out... Really nice conditions, chewing up lots of miles. But it's very wet. [chuckles] Really wet. Washing machine shots. Jack: We're still pushing really hard. Coming into the team new, I can see how much the team has improved. They're really sailing well. Tough incident at the start, losing 100 miles, but still in great spirits. Montage of crew showing high spirits in the cockpit: Mugging for the camera. Parko. Annemieke. Antonio. Trystan. Libby at the nav station: Went from being flat out on our MH0, came around the corner and it got lighter. Tricky for that reason. Crew work on the foredeck. Libby: We gained 15 miles on the leader, are 27 miles from the next boat. I expect that will close a bit more, which will be good. Slomo washing machine shot. Libby: Still a couple of peels and sail changes, and if someone makes a mistake in that they can drop a couple of miles... We'll see. Slomo washing machine. Libby: Pretty strong conditions coming up. Not that you wish for anyone to break anything. But it's a strange angle, one we haven't done much in sailing around the world. We could find a good mode. It's definitely a good opportunity. Slomo washing machine.Jack gets his heavy weather foulies on below. Jack: Like a newborn man! [He laughs.] Crash cam footage of cockpit washing machine Libby calls out the predictions for more wind. Ben in the cockpit getting dressed: We're just going around the Hebrides, and we're getting ready to peel from the MH0 to something else. Breeze has built since we went off watch. 30 knots at the moment. Shots on deck of whitecaps. Slomo washing machine.Slomo washing machine. Trystan, below: Pretty moist... Last sched was pretty good. Think we were the fastest boat in the last sched. Next challenge is to soak as much as we can so we don't have to gybe to clear the tip of Scotland. Alex: You get used to it, this style of sailing. When we started it was pretty cool to sail downwind in 20 knots. Now it's same old, same old... We're all running pretty much the same sail setups, same speed. So it's about positioning. Get some macaroni and cheese in and hit the rack for four hours. Slomo washing machine.Slomo grinding. Annemieke easing the mainsheet. Witty on helm. Witty at the nav station: Just gybed, heading toward the top of Scotland. Everyone's gybed at the same time. Others are about 25, 30 miles to the west of us. It's anyone's match. In tennis terms it's 2 all, end of the fifth, and started to rain. So the best player with the best wet-weather footwear will win. Slomo grinding. Witty at the nav station: If the meterologist next to me has gybed at the right time we'll win. If she's gybed at the wrong time we'll come last for the third leg in a row. So really it's all on her shoulders. How does that sound? Libby: Bring it on. Witty: Bring it on. See? Scallywag, bring it on, never give up. All good; be positive. Breeze will fill, breeze will head. Scallywag will be first at the top of Scotland and reach into Gothenburg. Slomo shots on deck.Drone shot of Scallywag sailing in light conditions. Annemieke: In a transition zone... It's really light; super tricky. Parko on the helm. High drone shot of the boat passing just under the drone in glassy conditions. Bowsprit. MH0 flopping. Witty on the bow: This leg far from over. As we say, we never give up. Last sched we were only 13 miles behind. I think it's 100% changed me. More good than bad. But changed me in a bad way too. The good stuff is I'm more tolerant and definitely more patient. When you can be part of the development of someone like Nipper, or you go through the loss of like Fish and that's like circumstances or other things that have happened... if you're 5 minutes late to work you get caught in traffic or... your priorities change. My priorities have changed a hell of a lot. You realize you can't control anything. You can prepare better than you have in the past, but you can't control anything. Libby at the nav station gets the sched: We're third. I don't really understand the sched. We made a 3-mile gain on the fleet. they're in very light winds. We were the fastest boat by half a knot. As they flop, Libby: At the moment we're smashing the [bleep] out of it!Witty reads off a sched while we see shots on deck: Only 13 miles behind... Should be able to almost see 'em. Witty at the nav station: Tricky transition coming. Hopefully we'll do okay in that. Back in the hunt. 970 miles to go. He sounds tired. Witty: All about the next transition, next 3 hours, 4 hours.Drone shots of them sailing past Ireland. Ben: We're just off the tip of Ireland. Fastnet rock just down to leeward of us. Drone shots of land. Ben: We've caught up another 30 knots, so we're 30 knots behind instead of 60. Drone shots. Antonio: Happy to Fastnet rock again. Obviously not in the best position, but we are recovering. I think we are in the fight. Plenty of miles to go. Let's keep positive. Drone shots with bird. Antonio: We have a headland 7 miles, then go north upwind. Pass the high pressure and then a cold front passing and we start the fast speeds. Drone shot.Drone shot of Scallywag passing behind an oil platform. Jack (new face!): It's just like riding a bike with team Scallywag. Never a dull moment. It was actually pleasant sailing yesterday, sailing down the river, but just ran out of wind. I've sailed with them for a number of years, with Nipper. Ben: Went through a cloud, a transition, 25 knots to 8 knots. Hopefully the other boats are going slower than this. Jack: We copped a heavy punishment for a little mistake... Put the bow down thinking we were in the new pressure, and we weren't, and fell off the cliff. Drone shot of them triple heading. Ben below asks Libby re: the latest sched. How did we do. Libby: 40 mile gain... Dongfeng is in 1 knot of wind... At the moment we're still gaining. And they have some tide against them. Parko, below: We made a mistake, and we paid dearly for it. Trying to fight back. Fell a hundred miles behind, and we've taken a big chunk of that back. Drone shot of Scallywag surfing with oil platform in the back. Parko: That was about as brutal as it gets.Ben, below, says the breeze has built to 18 knots. Just peeled to the J0, and are trying to chase down the fleet. Ben: Hopefully they're in less breeze than we are now, so regain some miles back and hopefully rejoin the fleet. Slomo grinding. Libby: We're averaging 20 knots, so in theory we're gaining quite a lot. Leaders coming into the lee of Ireland, so we're gaining back. But last sched we lost another 50 miles, so we're 104 miles behind, which is quite a lot to be in less than 24 hours. Wouldn't have thought that was necessarily possible. Cockpit shots. Libby: Hopefully by the top of Scotland we'll be 20 miles behind. And then anything can happen in theory. Slomo of Alex in the pit. Libby: Have to keep doing all those things to try to gain.Knotmeter reads 1.0. Libby at nav station: We're going backwards. We're building the anchor. And the rest of the fleet is still going forward at 10 knots. It's not exactly how you want to start a leg off. Assembling the anchor in red headlamps. Libby: it all happened very quickly. Never really managed to get back into the same wind as them. Anchor assembly. Libby: Nearest boat is 13 miles. She talks about the tide. It's kind of a double-whammy. As my friend says, if you're not winning your learning. Whole pot of learning going on right now. Anchor goes over. Ben, in the dark: We've just dropped the anchor. Waiting for the breeze to build or the tide to change direction. Knotmeter reading 0.0. Ben: I think the tide will probably change first before the breeze fills in. We see the anchor chain with tidal current flowing past it. Ben: You're definitely not going anywhere. So time to hit the rack I think.Drone shot of them sailing in glass conditions. Trying to stay in the pressure. Sunset. Witty points out other boats. Witty: Considering the terrible start I had, we're in pretty good shape. Witty: Dee's just lifted massively. Libby: Gotta get into that. Witty: Where's the keel? Helmsman: Center. Alex on the bow talks about how they've dropped out of the pressure and everyone else is in it. Tacking. Witty cursing. Ben: We've run out of every bit of pressure we had. It's like we put the handbrake on. Did some tacking back and forth because there was no breeze. We're now 6 miles behind when we were 6 miles in front of some boats. But hey; that's yachting. Trystan: We can't be behind Turn the Tide. He curses. Trystan: Trying to stay focused, not get too dishearted. Drone shot with sunset.Witty sits despondent. Libby talks about the penalty at the start. Slow and no wind at the start. Doing different directions... heading out to some pressure out here. Think there'll be some anchor-building. Ben on the bow talks about lack of wind. Looks like there's more pressure where they're heading. Witty: Shitty light air.Trystan, in the prestart, talks abut the glorious weather. Trystan: We know we have the ability. Libby talks in the cockpit about the upcoming conditions. Trystan: Once they clear the southwest tip of Ireland should start to build. Try to stir the leaderboard up a bit, salvage a bit of self respect. And prove to everyone we still can do it. Libby and Witty at the start. Witty: Probably the most magnificent day I've ever seen in the UK. Alex at the start. Judges flag them with a penalty. Witty gestures: "what?" They spin; Parko grinding.Drone shot of AkzoNobel on a glassy sea. Someone (Nicolai? Nico?) looks through binoculars as Konrad films him. "I feel like someone's watching me." Emily, on the bow: Hopefully within the last 24 hours. Brunel is just over there (she points to starboard). We see a drone shot with AkzoNobel in the foreground and Brunel ahead and to starboard of them. ...about 2 miles away. Wind is going to be up and down, not a lot of sleep, a lot of tacks and sail changes. Overhead drone shot. Sail change. Martine: We're not in a great position right now, but overall still good. In a good position with the fleet, and with a 24-hour record. But Brunel is the closest boat to us on the scoreboard. Stacking forward. Martine: Right now we're focusing a lot on Brunel, but we have to be protective of the fleet. Drone shot.Drone shot of AkzoNobel sailing in misty conditions. Brunel on their starboard beam. Jules talks about how it was unlucky we went into 7 knots of wind... Justin interrupts: It's not unlucky it's just [bleep] light. Simeon looks at Brunel through binoculars and talks about their sail combination. Jules: Trying to defend our lead, which is very slim at the moment. Slomo crew work: Grinding, foredeck, steering, stacking. Jules: Still with 350 miles to go you don't wanna get too involved in a straight match race. You don't want to give them free reins to sail past. Staying with him, minimizing the risk, but also sailing the plan to get there as quickly as possible. Slomo crew work: Hoisting a sail. Drone shot.Jules at the nav station: Talks about Brunel, strategy. Stacking below. Jules: They're closing in behind us; we've hit the lighter air first. Dongfeng only 20 miles behind us now. Red light cockpit work. Jules: We'll park up again in another light area ahead of us. Whoever gets the wind first will win the leg, either Brunel or us. Or even Dongfeng if they catch up some more.Nicolai below: Still battling with Brunel; never-ending story. Simeon at the nav station: Gaining a bit, losing a bit, different pressure. Trying to get the best sail setup. Trying to cover and hold on. Same old same old. Drone shot with sunset of them peeling to the J0 in strengthening wind. Triple-heading. Bagging the MH0 on the foredeck. Nicho, below: We've lost a little in the last 24 hours to them. We've coughed up a little; that's part of the game in trying to put yourself between the other boat and the mark. Looking like a long match race to the finish. We're in a good position; just need to consolidate it a little in these next few hours. Drone shot circling AkzoNobel under cloudy skies.Flopping in glassy, lumpy conditions. On bow, Emily jokes about how they're no longer going for the 24-hour speed record. It's weird to think that a day ago she was wearing her crash helmet. Though she could use it now to not be hit by the (flopping) foot of the jib. Simeon, on the bow: Quite radical, from some pretty good conditions to basically nothing now. Clouds. Bouwe is right next to us. We see Brunel a few miles away. Justin: It's actually quite pleasant. And everyone's getting it (i.e., the other boats are stopped too). On the helm, Nicolai: It's not too bad. We've been in it before... You can't stress about it. You're not going to go any faster if you hoist every sail on the boat. Have a cup of tea and go again tomorrow when the breeze fills in. Pretty sure no matter what happens, Bouwe's not going to do 600 miles in 24 hours. I'll take that.Jules at the nav station: Going to come to a grinding halt... Will get a bit of breeze Sunday from the north to get us to the southwest tip of Ireland. And then a very messy situation in the Celtic Sea. Going to take us 2 days to get into Wales, and no obvious way to get in. Might see a restart in the race. But we'll see what hapens. Drone shots of AkzoNobel sailing in lighter conditions under the MH0. Brad: As expected we're sailing in lighter conditions... All these boats are moving in behind us and getting closer. Closer in distance, but should be about the same time-wise. Can see Brunel again; about 6 miles. Keep pushing, through this ridge and out the other side. Drone shot circling AkzoNobel in the sunrise.Slomo washing machine shots of and in the cockpit. Fist bump.Nicho, below: I would have bet the house you couldn't do 600 miles in one of these boats. Everything has to align perfectly to bust a record at this level, to break it the amount that we have (shakes his head). You know it can be broken again, but I think it will stay for a while. Probably more than what you drive your car in a day. What an effort. I'm so happy for the whole team. Good work everyone.Simeon, in the pit: For sure Martine is excited, so she can call her father Captain Slow at the dinner table. Also Jules has a nice grin on his face to redo his own record from Ericsson 4. But we just want to be first in to Cardiff. Weather is still a bit challenging... It's great of course to be the fastest in the race, especially in this kind of conditions where we can do it pretty safe, and big compliments to the shore crew to maintain the boat so well, so we have the confidence to put the hammer down. It's pretty cool. It will be hard to win the race overall, but at least we won't be the slowest, hopefully.Jules at the nav station: In the 2008 race we almost topped 600 miles in the Ericsson 4. That was in the South Atlantic on the first leg. Had a few sail changes. This was more straightforward. This is really good what we've done here. Think we've topped 600 miles... keeps us in the front of the fleet. You always try to line your boat up, but you need so many things to come into line. Had some help from the Gulf Stream in this one. Boat stayed in one piece. On Ericsson we damaged a rudder and started sinking. But in this case the numbers keep coming.Simeon, in the pit: For sure Martine is excited, so she can call her father Captain Slow at the dinner table. Also Jules has a nice grin on his face to redo his own record from Ericsson 4. But we just want to be first in to Cardiff. Weather is still a bit challenging... It's great of course to be the fastest in the race, especially in this kind of conditions where we can do it pretty safe, and big compliments to the shore crew to maintain the boat so well, so we have the confidence to put the hammer down. It's pretty cool. It will be hard to win the race overall, but at least we won't be the slowest, hopefully.Jules at the nav station: In the 2008 race we almost topped 600 miles in the Ericsson 4. That was in the South Atlantic on the first leg. Had a few sail changes. This was more straightforward. This is really good what we've done here. Think we've topped 600 miles... keeps us in the front of the fleet. You always try to line your boat up, but you need so many things to come into line. Had some help from the Gulf Stream in this one. Boat stayed in one piece. On Ericsson we damaged a rudder and started sinking. But in this case the numbers keep coming.Martine, below: We just broke the 600-mile record, for 24 hours. Really stoked for that. The last record in the Volvo Ocean Race had been by my father. So now I have something to talk to at the dinner table. I'm pretty sure he'll be happy for us. But I'm not sure about taking his record. We'll see. (She laughs.)Brad, at the nav station, grins and gives a thumbs up. "Beauty! Just got the 24 hour record Just got the confirmation from the boss." Simeon, in his bunk: Let's see if we can get over the 600. Brad talks to Nicho in the cockpit about beating Ericcson's record. "You gotta give me a fist for that." He holds out his fist. Nicho pulls his fist away and they laugh. Nicolai in his bunk: This is what it's about. It's hard and exhausting, and you're tired but it's why you want to do the race. Go as fast as you can for days and days, there's no limits... She's a fast boat, this purple bus. She's got some pace to her. I like it. She's a good boat. It's pretty cool; I didn't know that. It's good news to wake up to. Our main focus is still the leg. Gotta keep ourselves in line for the podium. Helmsperson raises his fist, make a peace sign, then a thumbs up. Martine laughs on the pedestal.Slomo washing machine. Slomo of Nicolai's face with red eyes. Nicolai below: It's fast and furious these two or three days now. running and reaching with big sails. Brunel is doing it the same. Are pushing it. Full on. Driving is a little bit hard, and your eyes are bleeding every time you go off watch. But that's part of it, it's good fun. The faster the better and the more fun it is. Hopefully one more day of fast sailing before the wind drops off. Slomo washing machine. Nicolai: Currently sitting in second, fighting with Brunel. And it's the same on the leader board. They're not going to give up and neither are we. Footage from the stern cam, mast cam looking forward, spreader cam looking at the cockpit, as they sail fast. Nicolai takes his clothes off below. Nicolai: It's pretty heinous on board. It's actually worse down here than it is up there. You don't want to walk around; you'll get hurt. Get some food and jump in your bunk pretty quickly. Nicolai eating, getting in his bunk. Simeon at the nav station: Everyone is in some good breeze. Last 6 hours we did 147 miles. So that's pretty big for these boats. We're going pretty well; had some current with us that helps a bit. At the moment the boatspeed doesn't drop below 24 knots. This is the last chance in the race. After Cardiff won't be doing this. Nav station.Rough, windy conditions as they sail fast on starboard with the stack aft. Washing machine. Brad grins. Martine gets food. Luke: Fast and furious. In the mid 20s. Flat sea state, so no big nose dives. Fun. More shots of driving fast on deck. Martine gives an "okay" sign. "Brazilian weather. But not." Luke, below: Ideal conditions for us. We've got some good fast drivers on board who like to send it. And perfect conditions for that. Reefed main drags in the water. Luke: Holding onto Brunel. They are notoriously fast in these conditions. Spray in the pit. Man it looks fast. Luke: I think it's a bit like childbirth. You must forget about the bad bits to do it again. Kind of sad now getting to the end. Just enjoy every moment of it and see what happens.Washing machine from the hatch. Jules looks out. He talks to the sailors in the cockpit about the routing, strategy with respect to other boats. He talks to Brad below. They're discussing when to gybe onto starboard. He looks at a sched. Brad explains: We're gybing. Vestas is heading north, for the shift, so we want to do the same thing. So it's a rush gybe. We see the gybe through the hatch. Jules at the nav station talks strategy while Nicolai and Martine stack below. Nicho: We'd been on about a 250 wind direction now for a day. But beyond that, we want to stick with Vestas and Brunel. Pretty sure all of us are pretty comfortable on this gybe. Should head down, and then tack over, get set up for some more breeze in a couple of days. Washing machine. Nicho: Going to be a couple days of decent breeze and fast running. Both Vestas and Brunel are very good at that. Brunel maybe the best in the fleet at J0 reaching. And then light air at the end; it's going to be quite a problem.Jules at the nav station talks with Simeon about stragy. They tack in the dark. I think we actually see the tack from a nighttime drone shot. High drone shot of them sailing. Brad, in the morning: Busy night last night, lot of tacks. They're neck and neck with Vestas. We're on J0, they're on J1. We see Vestas to port. Brad: Always good to have a boat next to you. Sunrise. Drone shots. Brad: Next 12 hours we should get a lift. Should get another sail in and start triple-heading. Drone shot showing both boats.Drone shots of AkzoNobel triple-heading. Martine: Today is a beautiful day, with boats in sight. Shot of another boat to starboard. Martine: And we are expecting a gybe for the last 2 days. More wind, so we're going faster than expected. Drone shot. Martine: We're going to have quite a bit of breeze two days from now. So still have to keep our eyes open. And then reaching the UK. So I guess we're gonna have to enjoy this. It's not gonna last too long. Nicho: Should have good breeze for a while longer, then gybe. Have been thinking we'll gybe for a day now, but the breeze hasn't shifted. Drone shot. Nicho: Had a pretty honest debrief after the last leg. And then a bad in-port race, and another debrief. We've needed it for some time. It's a challenge: Step up or get left behind. Drone shot with clouds.Slomo washing machine shots in the cockpit. Hard to recognize people with everyone having their heads down. Sunset.Drone shot of AzkoNobel triple-heading under gray skies. Slomo washing machine in the cockpit. Martine gets doused at the pedestal. Below, Nicho, Jules, and Simeon look at weather models on the computer. Jules: Mixed bag performance wise. Had some good spells and some not so good spells. Crossed a bit of the Gulf Stream. Radar, AIS; he was short on sleep all night. Drone shot. Spray by the shrouds. Simeon getting greared up below. Some good moments, some difficult moments. Keep the hammer on. Nicho takes slomo spray. Major whitewater near the mast looking aft. This is when the boats are most powerful. Jules at the nav station looks at routing. "Still a long way to go, changing conditions. The forecasts not really lining up." More slomo washing machine, drone shot of AkzoNobel surfing.Jules, from below, tells the helmsman what course to steer. (Sounds like they're skirting the exclusion zone in the fog.) Sail change in spray on the foredeck. Foggy wake. Dark below. Nav station, the sound of the hydraulic pump. Luke talks about the sun coming up. Still foggy, but not as thick. Probably 4th. Target is to try to win the leg and win maximum points. Nicho: Not quite in touch with the leaders as we needed to be at this stage. The two red boats have got some fast modes. Brad talks about Brunel. Nicho: Low coming with wind up to 40 knots... We're in the front of B grade at the moment. We need to step it up and get to A grade again.Parade. Simeon holding a little girl. Justin kissing a young child he's holding. Dockout. Nicho: Double pointer, only 8 days. People think it's short, but if you push it hard you feel it. Start. Brad: "Good breeze here." Other boats behind them. TTToP crossing astern at mark rounding. (Think that's the port-starboard between Vestas and TTToP behind them.) leeward mark rounding. Vestas astern. Nicolai on the helm going downwind under the bridge with MAPFRE and Dongfeng (and Brunel, invisible) ahead of them. Vestas 3 boatlengths to starboard. Simeon: Thinks they did well, except at the top mark. Felt my heart beating in my throat there. Now out of the bay into the fog. MAPFRE behind them. Jules: third place at the moment. Just trynig to wriggle our way around the exclusion zone. Discussion of J0 vs. J1.Annemieke, trimming the main on the stern, and Ben, steering, shout, "Point Nemo!" as waves wash over them. Below, Annemieke explains about Point Nemo: Farthest point from land on earth. Fish, below: "Not many people come to such remote spots on the planet. So, you know, it is a weird thing, but it's not something we dwell too much on to be honest." Washing machine shots on deck. Fish: "The cold is one thing that affects people in different ways. Some people struggle and go crazy with it. Others battle through. I think Bessie's used to the harsh winters of Holland. She seems to always be with a smile on her face. Which is quite infectious. But others are struggling, to say the least. The Antipodeans, they don't like it." Witty, below: When I grew up my mother had three brass monkeys on the windowsill in the kitchen. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. "And it's that cold, it's frozen the balls off a brass monkey." Alex talks about how it was 3°. "Bloody cold." Talks about spending short little stints down below, 15 minutes, to have a breather and warm up while on watch. Washing machine shots of grinding in the pit.Witty, below: "We had a Chinese gybe, at about 53 South, at 3:00 in the morning, pitch black, with freezing water." Ben, below, talks about the incident. He was on the helm, and someone went down to leeward, but he didn't know the person was down there, and was sending it down a big wave when he caught a glimpse of the person to leeward. Tried to fall away to flatten out, because you don't want to risk someone getting washed over the side. And pulled away a little too hard and ended up doing a Chinese gybe. Crash cam footage of the gybe. Witty, in voiceover: "Initial reaction is to go through the process, look after the people, make sure everyone's on board. And look after the boat... But once you get through it, get back up and running again, you understand the enormity of the job all the skippers in this race have got. Skippers in any race have enormous responsibility for all the people on board. We'e tipped it over in the middle of the Southern Ocean and the closest thing is a satellite." Ben: "No one got hurt; no boat's broken. It could have ended worse I suppose. You have a Chinese gybe or someone fall over; you'd rather have a Chinese gybe." Witty (?) off camera: "If you fall over the side you're dead, right?" Ben: "Yeah. So, one of those things. Live and learn. Hopefully won't let it happen again." Witty: "More importantly, I just feel for the guys on board. Because it was a pretty big thing. We've had a breakage. Our guys don't give up. They just keep working harder. They deserve a result in this race... To go through all this and never give up. They deserve a result." Fish dances a merengue in the cabin as the crew laughs.Epic drone footage of Brunel surfing big waves in 35-40 knots in the Southern Ocean. Looks like they're under the FR0, J3, and a triple-reefed main. Bouwe, below: Of course the sailing is really fun, but it's hairy because if you do something wrong it can go terribly wrong, so it's always to find that balance. He says that if they'd been closer to the ice gate conditions would have been worse, so they played it a little safer and the rest of the fleet did the same, so positions are the same as when they entered the ice gate.Sunrise rays through the clouds. Double- (triple- ?) reefed main and no headsail. Crew in the cockpit works on repairing the runner block. Witty, below, explains that as they were gybing for the ice gate the runner got twisted and the block broke. "We were lucky. We could have snapped the runner and lost the rig." Managed to jury rig. But now they're 110 miles behind. "Happens." "You can deal with little setbacks, but when it sort of the final nail in your coffin for aspirations for a good result in the race, that you've spent years trying to do it, how do you think it feels? But we never give up, got 4,000 miles..." Keep pushing, maybe when we get around the Horn... We were 100 miles behind and won into Hong Kong, and were 100 miles behind and finished second into New Zealand. "Plenty of fight left in this dog." Closeup of jury-rigged runner; washing machine. Witty below: "I think when you consider yourself a reasonable level of yachtsman, you've gotta do this leg. And you've gotta get through this leg... I'm gonna finish the leg and I'm gonna do well and give it a good go. That doesn't mean I'm gonna wanna do it again though, I'll give you a tip. Bloody horrible." Crash cam footage from the stern of someone (Witty?) being washed off the wheel by a wave.Sam asks Lucas, on the helm in fairly mellow conditions at sunset, "How does your Southern Ocean song go?" Lucas sings: "I am an albatross, and I fly across the seaaaa!"Epic drone footage of Brunel surfing big waves in 35-40 knots in the Southern Ocean. Looks like they're under the FR0, J3, and a triple-reefed main. Bouwe, below: Of course the sailing is really fun, but it's hairy because if you do something wrong it can go terribly wrong, so it's always to find that balance. He says that if they'd been closer to the ice gate conditions would have been worse, so they played it a little safer and the rest of the fleet did the same, so positions are the same as when they entered the ice gate.Sunrise rays through the clouds. Double- (triple- ?) reefed main and no headsail. Crew in the cockpit works on repairing the runner block. Witty, below, explains that as they were gybing for the ice gate the runner got twisted and the block broke. "We were lucky. We could have snapped the runner and lost the rig." Managed to jury rig. But now they're 110 miles behind. "Happens." "You can deal with little setbacks, but when it sort of the final nail in your coffin for aspirations for a good result in the race, that you've spent years trying to do it, how do you think it feels? But we never give up, got 4,000 miles..." Keep pushing, maybe when we get around the Horn... We were 100 miles behind and won into Hong Kong, and were 100 miles behind and finished second into New Zealand. "Plenty of fight left in this dog." Closeup of jury-rigged runner; washing machine. Witty below: "I think when you consider yourself a reasonable level of yachtsman, you've gotta do this leg. And you've gotta get through this leg... I'm gonna finish the leg and I'm gonna do well and give it a good go. That doesn't mean I'm gonna wanna do it again though, I'll give you a tip. Bloody horrible." Crash cam footage from the stern of someone (Witty?) being washed off the wheel by a wave.Sam asks Lucas, on the helm in fairly mellow conditions at sunset, "How does your Southern Ocean song go?" Lucas sings: "I am an albatross, and I fly across the seaaaa!"Epic drone footage of Brunel surfing big waves in 35-40 knots in the Southern Ocean. Looks like they're under the FR0, J3, and a triple-reefed main. Bouwe, below: Of course the sailing is really fun, but it's hairy because if you do something wrong it can go terribly wrong, so it's always to find that balance. He says that if they'd been closer to the ice gate conditions would have been worse, so they played it a little safer and the rest of the fleet did the same, so positions are the same as when they entered the ice gate.Sunrise rays through the clouds. Double- (triple- ?) reefed main and no headsail. Crew in the cockpit works on repairing the runner block. Witty, below, explains that as they were gybing for the ice gate the runner got twisted and the block broke. "We were lucky. We could have snapped the runner and lost the rig." Managed to jury rig. But now they're 110 miles behind. "Happens." "You can deal with little setbacks, but when it sort of the final nail in your coffin for aspirations for a good result in the race, that you've spent years trying to do it, how do you think it feels? But we never give up, got 4,000 miles..." Keep pushing, maybe when we get around the Horn... We were 100 miles behind and won into Hong Kong, and were 100 miles behind and finished second into New Zealand. "Plenty of fight left in this dog." Closeup of jury-rigged runner; washing machine. Witty below: "I think when you consider yourself a reasonable level of yachtsman, you've gotta do this leg. And you've gotta get through this leg... I'm gonna finish the leg and I'm gonna do well and give it a good go. That doesn't mean I'm gonna wanna do it again though, I'll give you a tip. Bloody horrible." Crash cam footage from the stern of someone (Witty?) being washed off the wheel by a wave.Sam asks Lucas, on the helm in fairly mellow conditions at sunset, "How does your Southern Ocean song go?" Lucas sings: "I am an albatross, and I fly across the seaaaa!"Epic sunset Southern Ocean drone shot.Washing machine shot. Witty, below: It's difficult at the moment because everyone's in a straight line. Drag race; same sails. Just boatspeed. Sunset. It will be pretty technical after the Horn; Libby will need to pull a few rabbits out of the hat. Drone shots of them sailing fast on a sunny day. Libby: Champagne sailing, except that the temperature drops steadily. Hopefully they'll get some compression. In 3 days time in 40-45 knots. It's gonna be pretty cold, and I remember from last time when we had 50-55 knots, the waves were just going flat and the wind was firing the top of the waves into your face. We've got the helmets this time which will help. Trystan: Going to get pretty windy, 50/60 knots. Mentally preparing for that. Survival mode I think. Drone shot. Alex, eating: when it's that windy you can't push the boat that hard; just trying not to crash. When it gets shiftier after the Horn, that's when the gains and losses can be made. Drone flyby at masthead height. Alex, eating by the companionway: It's getting colder. Favorited for that last drone shot. I'm a sucker for those.Slomo foredeck action beating out from Auckland. Slomo grinding. Slomo sunset, headland. Witty, below: Had a bad start, so pushed really hard to catch up. Haven't had any sleep, really. Slomo shot of land. Witty: We can see everyone. At the top of the Bay of Plenty. Drone shot circling Scallywag as they sail upwind. Ben, below: Upwind for almost 24 hours. No one's had much sleep. Get right into it, huh? Ben stacking below. Like the Cape Town start. He talks about Tom, the new crewmember: Tommy's great. Unreal. New bit of fresh energy for the team. Tom: A bit of a baptism of fire. Nine years since I did the last race. Not as fit and agile as I used to be. Shot of him moving he stack on deck. Drone shot of Scallywag pounding to weather. Tom, below: Balance between not dropping off the pack, yet not busting the boat. High drone shot with East Cape (I think?) in the background. Favoriting mostly for the first drone footage of the leg, flying the drone in stronger wind.Slomo foredeck action beating out from Auckland. Slomo grinding. Slomo sunset, headland. Witty, below: Had a bad start, so pushed really hard to catch up. Haven't had any sleep, really. Slomo shot of land. Witty: We can see everyone. At the top of the Bay of Plenty. Drone shot circling Scallywag as they sail upwind. Ben, below: Upwind for almost 24 hours. No one's had much sleep. Get right into it, huh? Ben stacking below. Like the Cape Town start. He talks about Tom, the new crewmember: Tommy's great. Unreal. New bit of fresh energy for the team. Tom: A bit of a baptism of fire. Nine years since I did the last race. Not as fit and agile as I used to be. Shot of him moving he stack on deck. Drone shot of Scallywag pounding to weather. Tom, below: Balance between not dropping off the pack, yet not busting the boat. High drone shot with East Cape (I think?) in the background. Favoriting mostly for the first drone footage of the leg, flying the drone in stronger wind.Parade. Conch-blowing. Witty blows a kiss as they dockout to "Beautiful Day." Witty on the helm: Good turnout, isn't it? People are finally starting to realize they can do it. Prestart. Tacking. Alex calls the angle on Vestas and TTToP to leeward. Ducking AkzoNobel. Annemieke trimming.Parade. Conch-blowing. Witty blows a kiss as they dockout to "Beautiful Day." Witty on the helm: Good turnout, isn't it? People are finally starting to realize they can do it. Prestart. Tacking. Alex calls the angle on Vestas and TTToP to leeward. Ducking AkzoNobel. Annemieke trimming.David Witt talks to the crew in the cockpit. He sounds like the caffeine is really kicking in. "We're gonna have to just take this on, right? I don't know what's gonna happen. We're just gonna have to take this on all night." Alex talks about the routing being different than reality; some big choices on how to route through the Phillippines. Witty talks about Parko saying a smart thing before, you have to think about what SiFi will do on Vestas. He doesn't know where we are, he doesn't know we're still leading. He'll want to say in front of "the Feng". I think he'll want to put himself between them and the finish. Witty: "And I just completely confused myself again." Discussion in the cockpit. Fish-eye shot from the bowsprit looking aft. Witty below at the nav station obsesses over the chart, current, strategy. "About 20 minutes from our final gybe into Hong Kong. Getting close." Stacking below. Witty: "It'll be the greatest yacht race I've ever won if we can pull this off. For a whole bunch of reasons... A smart man told me once that the way you win yacht races is you eliminate the ways to lose them. And we kept coming up with ways to lose it and then fighting back. That's probably what will make it the most special if we can pull it off." Witty on the helm; washing machine. Witty and Libby at the nav station. Witty announces the sched over the PA. Dongfeng is farther back in the latest sched, so he thinks it's a fair bet Vestas (who is in Stealth Mode) is further back, too. Witty: "Our rate of improvement is pretty amazing, really." Talks about the amount of hard work. "You've gotta believe in yourself first if anything's gonna happen."Drone shot of Scallywag bouncing while triple-heading on starboard. Nav station shot of nav software with clouds. Libby talks about the wind dropping to 7 knots, but they know there is a line of wind ahead. High drone shot of Scallywag running in lighter conditions under cloudy skies; possible rain in the distance. Libby: "It's all good, because we were getting a little bit twitched about no breeze; there was a little bit of drama. [She mimes: 'Aaaaahhhh!'] But... it's here." View from the stern of spray, washing machine. Witty, below, talks about if they can do 3 more scheds today without a loss... Talks about the bad seaway, pushing hard with up to 35 knots. "One sched down, got three to go. If we can get through the next three scheds without a loss, there won't be enough runway left for them to catch us." Talks about sending it - but not breaking it. Drone shot of bad seaway. Luke: "You pick your times to push, and we pushed pretty hard last night." Annemieke: "It's so nice to have four people on deck, because we can really send it now." Compares it to the Southern Ocean, with only three people on deck. "The retrieval of Alex was one of the highlights. I'm so proud of how quickly we got him back." Morale is really high. "I think we're a pretty happy team at the moment."Sunrise shot of the stern. Below, Witty and Libby are at the nav station. Libby: "As much as we had the cloud of doom three or four days ago, in hindsight it probably turns out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise. Because it gave us a more westerly approach to the following clouds; it gave us this lane." Grant sits next to her, holds up three fingers: "Only three Sidney-Hobart races to go to the finish." On deck, Luke steers with the sunrise behind him. "Every sched that they don't gain it makes it harder for them to catch us... It's all up to everyone on board now to execute as a group." Below, Trystan eats with Luke behind him also eating. Trystan talks about how they can't relax, because everyone is so quick behind, still a lot of choices to be made. Grant, on the helm: "Cha-ching!" He explains that Witty (standing behind him) has a deal where when they can hit 20 knots of boatspeed on course, they get a payout, $100. "Problem is the steering's a little too accurate lately, it's gonna cost him a fortune." Witty talks about how they've had emails from supporters and sponsors, and expectations are super high. Talks about the level of stress with 1,400 miles to go. Not wanting to let down the people who put them there.Wraparound VR views: Stern, with Witty (I think) on the helm. Low-angle shot of the stern with three crew: driver, trimmer, and grinder. Shot from the pit looking aft. They have a reef in the main. Washing machine.John talks about their comeback. "It is more positive not being off the back, for sure. But it can change." "Hong Kong is hometown for the skipper. It's also the hometown for a major backer... So for us to get a good result... it would be everything." Drong shot. Shot of routing software on the computer. Grant says the leaderboard shows them dropping back from first into second, but it's only by .6 mile, and the guys they're looking at are 70 miles north of them. "So they're only ahead on paper." Shot of Libby and Witty looking at the computer. Grant: "Thing that helped us a bit more is the model wasn't quite reality." Being north was not as big an advantage as it was supposed to. Couple of islands they have to miss, but in pretty good shape. "Pretty happy to be here. Better this end of the fleet than the other."High drone shot of Scallywag sailing fast, triple-heading on starboard. Slomo washing machine. Grant, trimming in the cockpit: "When David Witt says to me, 'Come and sail the Volvo 65 with me', I said, 'Oh, that sounds like fun. Are they very wet?' He said, 'A little bit.' 'Are you sure?' He said, 'Wetter than anything you've ever sailed in your life.'" Slomo washing machine shots in the cockpit. Ben on the helm. Drone shots.Drone shot of Scallywag against the late afternoon sun shimmer. Ben sits on the foredeck. "We've lost contact with all the boats we found the other night. And we're a fair few miles behind, which is a bit shit." Still in the doldrums, though, so there's always a possibility, he says. Talks about working hard and getting close, and then you "have a bit of a whoopsie"... Below, Alex eats and talks about the competition. Shot of the wind map. Alex talks about Libby's predictions, chances of making gains in the approach to Hong Kong harbor. "It's not bad, Thai green curry." Drone shot. On the helm, Ben talks about how King Neptune was a bit ill during the equator crossing in the Atlantic, so he's had a bit of a holiday, and is going to make an appearance here. Grant emerges from the cabin as Neptune. (Not gonna win any Best Costume Design Oscar for this one. It's a... sheet wrapped around him? And an unadorned boathook as a trident?) Looks like the victims are Annemieke, John, Alex, and Trystan. "Where are the children of the South?" Neptune sprinkles water on people. "Do you wanna be welcomed to the North?" They mumble "yes" in reply. Witty walks by with spray-on hair color and sprays them. Then he throws a disgusting bucket of something on them. Annemieke explains that Neptune has made sure they are safe in the Northern Hemisphere. Shot of the bow-tie pasta in the green slime on the cockpit sole. Alex, covered in goo, says, "No more bad juju. It's done. We're good... We're gonna clear every cloud now and win the race." Below, Grant and Witty at the chart table pull up the sched. Grant does musical accompaniment. Witty: "Sun Hung Kai leading." Grant: "Hey!" Alex, on deck: "Hopefully we can hold our position here. But it's still only 6 knots of wind, so... still some clouds around." Shot of the sunset. Alex: "...and you can go from a rooster to a feather duster in the space of a sched." Alex says there's 7 days to Hong Kong, and they're back in the fight again, so that's good. Sunset with John on the helm.In the morning light, Ben stands on the boom to look through binoculars ahead of them. Ben: "We've seen a sailing boat with a square-topped mainsail and a masthead sail, so we think it might be one of the other Volvos." Have been following them in the sched, and now have seen them in real life. Below, Libby calls out the latest sched. Sounds pretty happy. "Spotted Brunel about 40 minutes ago off our windward bow." Crew eats breakfast on the bow, talking about it. Witty: "One or two days ago we were a hundred miles behind the leaders." Ben: "We had to fucking work pretty hard the last two days." John talks about how they've worked hard, so to get where they can actually see and identify a yacht is cool. Witty talks about not giving up, keeping trying. "It's a really important leg for us. It would be catastrophic to come in last." Night shots of lightning. Witty on a PA tells the crew about Brunel being 9 miles away on AIS. "We're winning the sched for the first time, so well done lads." Talks about a rain cloud. "We've got this rain cloud which looks [BLEEP] horrendous." Beautiful shot of the waning gibbous moon rising through clouds behind the helmsman, silhouetting him. Next day, Witty talks on deck sounding despondent about getting stuck in the rain cloud with no wind. We see Libby at the nav station with Grant looking at Expedition's "Strip Chart" display. Libby: "True wind angle's at 120 here." Grant [pointing]: "So all this is starboard gybe..." Witty talks about losing 50 miles when they got stuck in the cloud and the other boats didn't. "probably lost 10 of the 30 miles there, and then we lost 20 of the 30 miles sailing 170 degrees off course... "We just did one of the stupidest things ever and now we're 30 miles behind running last again... We're the ones letting ourselves down. It's not bad luck; we're just being idiots. And we deserve to be here at the moment. And I'm just concerned that you don't get too many chances in this quality fleet to go from 30 miles behind or 100 miles behind to back in the lead. Somehow we've got 3,000 miles to figure out how we're going to do it. Again." He and Grant sit on the bow discussing it.Mostly dark sky. Drone shots of Scallywag sailing in the doldrums. Alex below. Libby and Witty below at the nav station, checking a sched. Libby: "Made gains on the fleet. Fastest boat; going a whole 4 knots." Drone shot of sunrise. Witty: "We're worried about finding a passing lane between here and Hong Kong. Because we can't finish here into Hong Kong." Libby talks about another 250 miles of light stuff. Annemieke in the bow: "Boring!" Annemieke in the bow. Alex talks about his messy roommate, Bessie. Talks about the heat, difficulty sleeping. Shot of crew sleeping on the bow. Annemieke talks about the difference when they're moving vs. when they're not. She feels like they're doing well.High drone shot with distant island and clouds. Low-altitude drone shot with sunset. Shot of the wheel at sunrise. Grant, on the bow, talks quietly about having 2 knots of windspeed at sunrise, and battling at 2 knots of boatspeed themselves. Sunrise shot beyond someone (not sure who) silhouetted on the helm. Grant talks about it being a battle with the heat, trying to maintain boatspeed. Ben, on the bow, talks about the light winds and boatspeed. A little shifty for now, but when they get out it's a fast shot to Hong Kong. It's refreshing to not be cold and wet, but it's frustrating. Drone shots. Grant: 17 years since the first one he was involved in. Similarities, but the boats get pushed far beyond what anyone would have imagined. He talks about Ben, who went in 3 years' time from asking for a job sweeping out the boatyard to racing in this event. "That's just great to see." Ben talks about having sailed before with Grant on Ragamuffin. He's a knowledgeable guy. He and Witty have sailed together for many years. And [John] Fisher. They're Australians; a little arrogant. Trying to learn from them. Grant: Witty's got a great team of guys here. And girls. I think they all get on really well. I think it's a great squad and an exciting team to be involved in." Drone shot.High drone shot of Scallywag sailing on starboard gybe with a small island 3 miles to port. Think it's Mwamwako, the island just south of Ghupuna. Parko, shirtless in the cockpit, says it's quite a good milestone for them and the fleet, going past the Solomon Islands. More high drone shots, now showing the rest of the island group the boats rounded: Gupuna, Makira (San Cristobal). Parko: "Not many people ever see this spot." Trystan, on deck, talks about how being in this race has been a long-term goal. Says there are the big three: Olympics, America's Cup, Volvo. Hopes that after they get to Hong Kong he'll be able to stay with the team. Witty: "He worked in the boatyard, he knew the boats very well. He was a big strong guy. And for me, he was a rugby player... Nine out of ten guys I've ever played rugby with always put the team first." Witty talks about how the sailing is as grueling on the body as he thought it was. The demand for teamwork is even more than he expected, and he always knew it was the toughest team sport in the world. Parko: He enjoys the challenge. Special memories. John talks about growing up, loving sailing, seeing the Whitbread start at the Solent. "It isn't for everyone but you should always challenge yourself." In a rain squall, Witty takes a shower under the boom. Grant, on the wheel: "Needed to clean up his act a bit." John explains that they were able to have a quick freshwater shower in the squall when the wind was light. Witty explains that it's hard to find a great sailor and make them a great person. Easier to find great people and turn them into great sailors. "That's what we do on Scallywag."Grant, on the helm, makes the shaka sign. "Beautiful day. Tasman Sea at its finest." Drone shot of Scallywag from high overhead. Libby sits at the nav station looking at routing. "Pretty good sched for us." She talks about how for the next few days they should see a gain (due to compression). Shot of Parko on the helm with the sunset behind him. Liz at the nav station talks about letting the crew know what to expect, so they know when to expect a lot of effort and gybes, vs. when to expect straight-line sailing. Annemieke grinds on the pedestal. Pretty sunset shot. Witty at the nav station waits for the sched. Pretty drone shots of Scallywag with a squall in the distance. Drone shot. Witty: "We've gained, but not a lot." On the helm, Grant takes his hands off the wheel and lets the boat sail itself for a few seconds. Sunrise drone shot wth rain.Drone shots of Scallywag triple-heading with the sun behind them on port, then on starboard. Annemieke, on deck, explains that they did a few gybes to stay in pressure. Says their gybes are getting better, sailing with 9 crewmembers. "It's way easier for us now than in the previous leg." More drone shots. Trystan, on deck, talks about getting into the swing of things, stacking and gybing. Shot of the foredeck. Witty: A thousand miles to the doldrums, set up on this lane, just off the Queensland border, looking forward to dim sum. "Very much looking forward to getting out of the position we're in at the moment..." He talks about how much easier it is with 9 crew. "I'm quite happy to be one of those people who puts his hand up to say I was completely wrong about sailing with less numbers... We're going to sail with maximum crew for the rest." Talks about having made a few more changes than he wanted, but that was due to the grueling previous leg. Hopes the new guys work out. Cool low-altitude drone shot tracking behind Scallywag as they sail on starboard in 12 knots of wind.Drone shot as Scallywag sails on starboard gybe with the Australian coast visible beyond them. At the nav station Libby explains that there's a big split, with 3 boats offshore, Brunel in the middle, and them inshore. Teams offshore have had more pressure and have made a bit of a gain. Shot of Scallywag sailing upwind from slightly outboard; Konrad must have the camera on a pole. Low elevation shot alongside the boat; wave hits the camera. Below, Libby talks to Witty at the nav station. Libby tells Konrad that it's been helpful to have Witty and Grant, who have lots of experience in these waters, to go with the weather model information. Libby talks about how impressive it is that new team members have been integrated so effectively. More pole shots of spray alongside. Below, Witty eats while talking to LIbby: "I'm making a point of not making you feel like I'm looking over your shoulder. Is it working?" [Libby laughs.] Witty explains that they don't have big egos. Everyone is part of the team. Washing machine shot of the cockpit. Witty talks about picking good people. Says Libby's fitting in well. He jokes that she's gotta get in front of her brother (on MAPFRE) before she gets a Scallywag tattoo (I think he said? Before she's fully accepted, I assume he's saying.) Drone shot of Scallywag with Austrailian coast in the background.Drone shot of Scallywag triple-heading on starboard with a low headland behind them. Alex, taking off his foulie top below, explains that the routing has had them gybing along the coast. "It's just been a gybe-a-thon." Drone shot from before continues, showing Scallywag gybing to port. Audio has engine start (for keel ram hydros) and winches; I think it might actually be live audio recorded on the boat edited in with the drone footage. Which, if so; nice. Annemieke grinds. Closeup of a winch during what looks (from the wake out of focus in the background) like a gybe the other way (from port to starboard). Below, Alex talks about how his watch was lucky, because the gybing was mostly happening while they were on-watch. But the off-watch got basically no sleep at all. Slomo spray on deck. Washing machine. Below, John says, "Five days in Melbourne and everything seems rosy, and then you get back on board and go, Oh my God; what am I doing?" Talks about having missed off watches due to gybing. He preps some food, shows it to the camera. "Looks like baby food." He tries it. "Not too bad." Another drone shot of the gybe aftermath.Scallywag reaches on starboard tack with J1 and J3 in fairly flat water. TTToP is 1/4 miles away, ahead and to windward. I think this is probably from the afternoon of the first day of the race, around 2018.01.02 08:48:50 UTC, when they had exited Port Phillip Bay and were heading SE along the coast. Witty steers and wipes spray from his face; the low coastline is visible to leeward. Witty talks about what's coming up. "Scallywag's in reasonable shape." Points out the other boats around them. Washing machine shots in the cockpit. Shot of the stern with the sunset. Witty talks about strategy, not reacting to the other boats. But seeing the other boats around them is reassuring. "Pretty sure we're going the right way then." Shot of Libby with a tablet. Grant, panting: "I'm slightly out of breath from grinding. I've been pushing electric winch buttons for the last 15 years. It's much easier. But this does keep you warm." Witty: "Should have had full crew numbers from day one I think. Certainly makes it a lot easier. Trystan's a big strnog guy, which helps. Warry's been doing a good job driving, Libby seems to be a bit of a class act so far, so it's all good. Talk to you tomorrow. See where we are tomorrow. MIght change my mind!" Gybe in the cockpit. Shot of MAPFRE to leeward with the sunset behind them.Dockout as "Beautiful Day" plays. Witty on the helm. As they motor out Witty explains that Antonio broke his arm, so they got Trystan Seal to come in. Worked for the boatyard as part of the refit. Young UK guuy. We see him grinding a winch. Then he talks about how excited he is to be on the boat. He looks about 17. "You never know if you're going to like it or hate it until you do it. It should be good." In the background Libby is talking to Witty. Witty explains that Tom Clout "got quite sick", so he had to "call on an old mate, Grant Wharington, a bit of a yachting legend." We see Grant steering. Grant: "I'm really happy to have got a call up from David. He's an old mate of mine." We see Grant on the helm. Witty explains that Libby will help them be at full strength rather than being a person short. Shots of start with Witty on the helm and Libby talking to him. After the start, Witty talks about it. There was a 20-degree pin bias and they tried to do a port-tack start, which was tough. But it's all good. He jokes about getting rid of the jumper, who we then see jump off.Ben, on the aft pedestal, takes a washing machine wave in the face in slomo. He turns to the camera and says "Merry Christmas."Drone shot of Scallywag sailing on starboard under MH0 in about 10 knots of wind. Shot from on deck as a whale (Minke whale, maybe?) surfaces close aboard. Tom, below, explains that the whales were in a rush, going 17 knots. "It's not every day you're sailing through the Southern Ocean with 8 of your mates and an OBR." (laughs) "And seeing tha tthing going on around you is pretty cool. Something you're gonna remember for the rest of your life, I think." Drone shot circling the boat.Ben does a radio [?] voice: "...Scallywag, 5483, bound for Melbourne." Tom sits at the nav station with António behind him looking at routing software. Tom: "My life consists of 3 hours on, 3 hours off. 3 hours on. 3 hours off. I don't even know what time it is. I don't even know if it's morning or night. It all looks the same down here. [To António] What time is it?" António: "8:30... In the morning." Tom: "We've been in sunlight now for 9 hours. It's 8:30 in the morning. Go figure." Parko sits on the gally, picking through a bag of some sort of food, picking out his favorite bits and eating them. Talks to Alex, who's getting his foulies on. Parko: "Mom must be angry." Alex: "Mom, don't tell me what to do!" Parko: "But mom, I'm in the middle of the ocean." Parko: "I'm going on watch. A bit delirious. I probably should have slept, but I didn't. So I've got a lot of sugar and some coffee and I'll be good. We need to turn left. [laughs] We're going across Free-o [Freemantle?] and the Australian Bight. But there's two big ridges in the way. Once we're across them we'll be all right. But there's a big stop sign in the middle. Highway 1 is about to shut down." Alex reads the label of his protein bars. "Times two. Lunch." Parko: "I think morale's starting to pick up a bit. Everyone's dried out. Fresh pair of [something], fresh pair of socks; everyone's starting to smell a bit better too... We just don't want to have to gybe around the finish and start again. Want time for a little snooze." Alex, with talcum powder [?] on his hands, jokes with Annemieke. Alex: "Hey, Bessie. High five!" They slap hands and a cloud of powder fills the air. They laugh. Fish talks about how they're halfway, forecast is quite nice, sun's out and it's a bit drier, and everyone's happier. "And the kettle's just boiled; perfect." Ben puts food cubes in the mug in preparation for the hot-water treatment. Annemieke: "We're just enjoying what we're doing. It's not always ideal; we're all wet. But we're all happy. And we just found out that we're getting pretty late into Melbourne; the forecast has lightened down. So not that much time for preparation for Hong Kong."Drone shot of Scallywag reaching on starboard with the MH0 and J2 in 12 knots of wind. Witty, on the rail: "I think MAPFRE and Dongfeng and Brunel got in they're own little fight there. Gotta worry about AkzoNobel [?] and we did our 'buffalo girl around the outside'. So just all trying to zoom south at the moment. But Scallywags are in a pretty good position here. Long way to go though. Quite nice, really, We're just sorta sailing our own [something], making our own decisions. Got a couple right. We'll get a couple wrong soon... We're actually further south than them now [looking at tracker, not sure what he's talking about], so we gotta defend our psition for a bit. Tomorrow night we've got 50 knots. Gotta get through all that unscathed and see what happens. But I think this is the last time we'll be sitting in the sun on the deck and talking." High drone shot of Scallywag with sun behind them.Drone shot of Scallywag triple-heading on port in light wind with a blue sky. Just a pleasant day at sea. Pretty drone shot with sunset behind them.Spreader cam view of foredeck with Scallywag sailing way off the wind. Witty at nav station, talks about having "grannied" (tacked around, presumably) twice instead of gybing, because of having heard that AkzoNobel broke their mast track while gybing. Wants to keep the boat together here and finish fast. Jokes about the ice limit as a fence the Volvo people built in the ocean. Talks about having a week along the ice gate. Spreader cam shot of the boat surfing. Witty: "I told Parko to sail at 95%, not 100. He's doing 29 knots, so he must have taken a knot off. He si a full-blown lunatic." Crash-cam view of Parko being blown off the wheel by a wave while surfing; jumping back on the wheel. Parko below: "Yeah, I drove for a little bit with no hands there. Didn't Chinese and we didn't tack, so it's okay." Bow cam of spray. Alex, below, talks about steering. "Yeah, it's pretty difficult. I probably only do a half an hour at a time... It's tricky now, because the waves are so big that you don't want to go down some of them. But sometimes you kind of have to go down them... It's a bit of an art to go fast, but not go down the wrong waves and break the boat." Parko talks about it taking energy, having just done a gybe, it saps up all the energy from your little naps, it's gone after you have one maneuver. Time to eat some food and recharge, and be ready for the next one when it comes.VR 360-degree views as Scallywag surfs fast under a sunny sky.Looking forward, we see J3 unfurl in the foredeck cam. Spreader cam looking down as Scallywag triple-heads. Bow cam looking aft, stern cam looking forward as they surf in rough conditions.Witty, on the helm, gives a thumbs up and points forward as Scallywag sails fast on port gybe in windy conditions. Washing machine. Witty talks about the Southern Ocean. "Why do we all come down here?... I'm over the Southen Ocean." Witty, on the mainsheet: "Main on!" He takes spray in the face, turns to Konrad. "Beautiful Southern Ocean."Scallywag sails in heavy wind on port gybe with J2 (I think?) and reefed main. Slomo: Tom, on the helm, ducks spray. Parko (I think?) works on the outrigger rigged forward on the starboard (leeward) side. Slomo shots of spray as they sail on port with reefed main and J2. View of the stern with crew stacking aft. Washing machine. Slomo of someone grinding on the aft pedestal.Nipper grinds while Annemieke calls trim. Witty explains that there was a problem with the water; too much chlorine caused a few crew to throw up. (Presumably he's kidding about seasickness.) He gestures at Tom, on the helm. "Clouty's just come on deck for the the first time since the start." Shot of another boat (Vestas?) on port on their weather quarter. Witty talks about hanging onto the leaders, should gain when the wind goes right. Two competitors ahead of them and to weather: Brunel and Dongfeng? Witty talks about how only one thing happens when you go in this direction: It goes nuclear. Below, Antonio eats while looking at the computer. He says to Konrad: "I managed to eat something properly. Gaining my sea legs. It's good." He puts on his foulies. Talks about the big transition coming in three hours' time. Grinding on deck. AkzoNobel crosses behind them. Parko talks about their preparation on shore. Witty, with AkzoNobel continuing on port behind them while they stay on starboard, talks about the good prep from their shore team for the current wind condition. Witty: "Being a little more proactive witih our decisions rather than reactive. I'm sure we'll get it wrong soon, but it seems to be working at the moment."Scallywag crew walks through the crowd during the dockout ceremony. Slomo of Fish hugging a young man/boy (son?) across the lifelines. Someone (António?) says goodbye to a toddler (son?) behind held by a woman. The boy holds a Wisdom plushie, inadvertently bopping the woman holding him (mom?) in the nose. Parko side-hugs a girl (daughter?). Witty at the helm takes them out from the dock with crowds visible behind them. Motoring out, Witty talks about double points on this leg. "We Scallywags need a podium on this leg into Melbourne, which would be nice." Talks about the wind on this leg. Standing by the mast as they motor out, Alex talks about being a bit nervous. It's his first Southern Ocean leg. "The race doesn't start here. It starts tonight." Parko, in the pit: "This is an important two miles out of 6,000. So it's just about sailing smart." We see the start, with all the other boats to leeward of them. Close action. Ben, on the bow, moving a sail.Drone shots of Scallywag in the foreground, sailing slowly on port tack, with TTToP a few hundred yards ahead of them. Ben, on the weather rail: "Trying to chase down these guys, getting 0.1 of a mile when we can. It's been very close." Shot of TTToP ahead of them. Annemieke, in the cockpit: "We're gonna take over that boat. And [she glances ahead and to leeward] the other boat? And then we're gonna be number... what is it? Five. Fifth. That's the plan. And we're getting closer. We're 0.4 miles from Turn the Tide on Plastic. So it's gonna be a battle today. Twenty-one days of racing, and it comes down to the last day." Drone shot looking down on Scallywag passing below. Ben: "We're all on the exact same playing field, all one-design boats. All have the same speed, so it's easier said than done." Drone shot from ahead of TTToP looking back to show them in the foreground, Scallywag in the background.Drone shot passing close over Scallywag's mast as they sail on port gybe in 10 knots of wind with the MH0 (?). Alex, in the cockpit, says they should finish around midnight tomorrow. Expecting light winds coming into Cape Town. Drone shot from the weather bow showing Scallywag triple-heading. At the nav station, Steve talks about how close it's going to be, and what great racing it's going to be. And hoping they're not last. Witty, on the stern, pointing to the leeward bow: "Turn the Tide's 2 miles; Akzo's another 2 in front of them; 4 miles between three boats. We're at the wrong end of the three boats. Hope we're at the right end by the time we get there." Witty quotes Churchill: "Remember this: We will fight them on the beaches. We will fight them in the sand. We will never surrender, and we will never give up." He points ahead. "We are coming for you two, right now."Drone shost of Scallywag sailing close-hauled on port tack with the MH0 in 8 knots of wind. Steve, at the nav station, talks about making mistakes, taking your losses early. Shot aft from the cabin with crew silhouetted after sunset. Closeup of Alex on the helm with the waxing crescent (southern hemisphere) moon above him. Wake after sunset. Witty, at the nav station: "The Plastics are 2 miles directly on our bow." We see a shot in the morning with TTToP ahead of them. Witty talks about AkzoNobel being close as well. "So basically it's 3 miles between 3 boats... with 570 miles to go." Shot of TTToP ahead and to weather. Witty on the helm. Witty: "It will probably come down to a bit of luck more than a bit of management. And we don't seem to have any of that these days. We'll see what happens." Parko on the helm with TTToP ahead of them. Parko: "Less than a hoedown to go, gentleman." (?) Witty, below: "We haven't had much go our way this leg, so we might get a bit (something) when we need it." Talks about getting ahead of Akzo, then losing it. Crew trimming and steering in the cockpit.Steve, at the nav station, talks about the strategic situation with Witty. Witty, to Konrad: "It's an extremely difficult situation which looks like a lose-lose for us either way." Shot of computer screen with routing visible. Steve, to Konrad: "It's obviously the most complicated thing I think I've seen. I'm not shitting you." Witty, looking tired, talk about how they've fought to get ahead, and now it looks like it's actually going to hurt them. "This leg is getting more and more... We've worked so hard to get from nowhere to where we've got to, and now we're acutally being handicapped... It's like beating my head against a brick wall." Steve talks with Witty about the decision [to gybe south?]. In the dark, we hear a maneuver happening. Shot of routing software. On deck, we see the cockpit with two crew grinding in morning (?) twilight. In the morning, Witty, on the weather rail as they sail again on port gybe, talks about the decision to gybe south. Says the other boats went earlier, while they went later, and that it gave them (Scallywag) a little jump on the competition. Annemieke: "And we are again on the same tack, as if nothing had happend in the last 24 hours." Witty talks about how they have two more scheds of stealth, and when they come back online they'll have made a jump on the other boats, which will give them a psychological advantage.At the nav station we see an AIS screen (I think?). Steve talks about how they did a good job overnight holding onto the "big sail", and have stayed in the front, making a 7-mile gain on TTToP. Also, AkzoNobel has been farther to the south and has made a big loss. Steve: "We've just made an 18-mile gain on them." Shot out the cabin of Alex and Parko (steering) in the cockpit. Below, Witty talks about how they've done well, looking forward to finding out if it's continued in a few minutes. After getting the sched, Steve announces that they're ahead of AkzoNobel. Witty: "Yes!" In the pit, Ben says he's happy about it.John, below: "I suppose what makes it long is the intensity of the battles you have. We're 7 miles away from Turn the Tide... Every mile gained is a good thing; every mile lost is a bad thing." Slomo washing machine on deck. Alex, below, on the competition. More slomo washing machine. Parko on how the newer guys are learning. John on how not everyone was a professional at the outset. Alex on people from different backgrounds coming together. Parko on how limited the number of people who do this are. "It's just an incredible experience. It just sucks you back in." Slomo of John (I think?) on deck grinning in spray.Spray over the bow. Closeup of routing software at the nav station. Steve and Witty are talking as Steve looks at what looks like a wind forecast map. Steve explains that they're at risk of dropping off the front at the back of the fleet and falling into a hole. Steve; "So we could end up with an enormous split forced on us..." Talks about the risk/reward decision: go all out for a big gain, or try stay in front of TTToP. Witty makes a meal, talks about the conservative call of just trying to stay ahead of TTToP. Witty: "It's the most effort I've ever seen go into a sixth place in my life... Let's just get this leg over and done with. And start again." Witty goes on deck.Slomo shots of spray as Scallywag sails on port gybe under gray skies.TTToP, sailing on starboard gybe, is silhouetted against the dawn as they approach Scallywag, on port. Scallywag gybes in front of TTToP. (Same gybe we saw from TTToP's perspective in their video from 08:40:01 today.) Steve, with TTToP visible a few boatlengths behind them: "Sort of can't shake them off at the moment; they keep coming at us. But that's all right. It's good two-boat testing." Witty, on the helm, looks over his shoulder at TTToP even closer behind them. Steve talks about how when they were reaching toward Cape Town it was easier. Now, running, the strategy is more difficult. He explains that they're both sailing away from Cape Town at the moment, and TTToP is technically closer to the finish than they are. Steve: "Technically they're ahead of us. Which seems a bit bizarre." Awesome first-light drone shot from astern of TTToP looking forward to see both boats. Steve: "There's a very clichéd saying in sailing, boatspeed makes you a tactical genius. And it does. If I can sail away from these guys it's not that hard. If we were a little bit quicker, my job becomes quite easy." More awesome two-boat sunrise drone shots.High drone shot of Scallywag sailing on starboard gybe in the afternoon. Witty on the helm with TTToP behind them. Witty, on the helm: "I just feel like this is ridiculous, because all we're doing is getting further and further behind the rest of the fleet. But no one wants to be last, do they?" Drone shot of Scallywag with TTToP behind them. Steve and Witty talk at the nav station. In the cockpit, Steve explains they want to split and get south and west [of TTToP]. How even though it's a terrible heading, it's setting themselves up for 12 hours' time. Sunset. Stacking in the sunset. Dusk. Ben, in the cockpit at dusk with TTToP visible on the starboard quarter behind him, talks about how it's been a busy day, "gybing back and forth with the Plastics, who are behind us... Yeah; been a pretty enthusiastic day." Shot of Witty on the helm with TTToP visible next to him with their red masthead running light.At the nav station on port gybe, Steve talks strategy with Witty. Steve explains the strategic situation to Konrad: The boats ahead are going to be doing well against them, but they're focused on beating TTToP to the gybe. There's a call from the deck: "They've gybed behind us guys" and Witty and Steve immediately jump up and head on deck to gybe. We see the gybe to starboard happen from the port cabin hatch. Looks like it's fairly early in the day; I think this is the gybe that happened around 2017.11.18 07:28:10 UTC. On deck, Witty talks about strategy, and how he thinks they need to split to the west to set up for more wind later, and have a chance of catching one of the boats ahead vs. settling to just keep battling TTToP. But then he second-guesses himself, saying they've spent all this time clawing their way ahead of TTToP; it would be foolish to throw it away now with a rash decision. Shot of TTToP on port gybe behind them. Parko, standing at the forward pedestal, relaying information from below: "Halesy really thinks we should gybe." Witty: "Okay; let's gybe." Parko: "Yeah. [turning below] Okay, we're gonna gybe Halesy!"By the mast, Alex explains that there are a lot of clouds, and they're close to TTToP, and there's a lot of fate involved; it's not really in their hands. Alex stands on the boom, looking forward where TTToP is visible ahead of them. Shot looking forward with Witty on the helm as they sail in stronger wind and unfurl a new headsail. Steve looks through binoculars. Drone shot overtaking Scallywag, triple-heading and sailing fast on port. As the drone passes Scallywag we see TTToP basically even with them a half mile to leeward. Steve, in the cockpit, talks about how the clouds can make a difference even in a few hundred meters. Behind them, on the starboard quarter, is TTToP. He explains that Scallywag went high as both boats went through a cloud, and the wind filled in from their side first, and they rolled TTToP. Drone shot on the far side of TTToP, looking back toward Scallywag. That was cool - Konrad actually flew the drone beyond TTToP (their competitor), then got a shot looking back toward Scallywag, with TTToP in the foreground. I bet the crew on TTToP waved.Drone shot approaching Scallywag from leeward. Witty gets up and is happy to see that "the boys" have gained half a mile on TTToP in three hours. Witty: "So good to wake up and not get hammered." Witty slaps people in congratulations. Witty: "It's the little improvements that will fix this... That's a big little improvement." Drone shot.Twilight shots of Scallywag sailing on a close reach on port. Spray. Parko, calling from the cabin about the latest sched: "Turn the Tide: 3.7 miles." Voice in the cockpit: "Where?" Luke: "At 155." Maybe the 2017-11-16 1300 sched? If so that's not twilight as much as a dark cloud cover. Witty, on the helm, talks about the competition with TTToP, the clouds. Shot of TTToP to port. Ben talks about TTToP, about how seeing them has kept the crew's energy going. Drone shot overtaking Scallywag at an altitude of about 90 feet. Appears to be under J0 and J3? Steve, at the nav station, talks to Witty in his bunk: Steve: "Honestly, with the FR0 I think we'd be dog-slow as well. I don't know that... I just think they're a bit quicker." Witty, from his bunk: "Guess I'll get up and see what I can see." Jules: "Parko wanted to have a chat." Drone shot at altidude of 30 feet as Scallywag appraoches and passes underneath. Parko talks with Witty that he thinks TTToP is faster because they have more people/gear/stack, hence more righting moment. Witty points out that they're gaining on everyone else as well. Witty: "This is their time to shine and our time to hang on." He and Parko joke about how he sounded quite sensible. High drone shot looking down on Scallywag. Parko: "That's a keeper, that one."Sunrise (wonder how many more OBRs are going to open their video with that shot?) Witty on the helm, John on the mainsheet. They seem kind of glum. Below, at the nav station, Steve talks about the sched with someone off-camera. Steve: "We were one mile further on Akzo but they were five degrees higher, but other than that we had the equal/worse run. The Plastics have the best run again of the whole fleet." Steve, to Konrad: "We had pretty good vision on them yesterday, and then they started moving really quickly. And we've just been bleeding miles to them ever since." Steve talks about TTToP having more people, making them heavier and that might be helpful in current reaching conditions. Witty, below, looking tired: "We don't have enough time in the boat, sailing at certain angles. Costly lessons." Witty pours hot water into his insulated bowl. Witty: "It's a new place for our team to be in, getting our head kicked in sched after sched and not really knowing how to fix it, not knowing what's wrong. Just gotta keep trying, mate. Becoming a little bit embarrassing. Hopefully the next sched will be better. Just gotta keep looking forward. Stop the bleeding, and then think about how we're going to gain. It's quite hard. Bloody hard, this race. And the opposition are bloody good." Oh, Witty. Don't make me have feelings for you. Witty sits at the nav station and puts on his reading glasses.Slomo shot, with spray, looking up the slot at sunset.Drone shot of Scallywag close reaching on port. Cockpit shot looking forward. Annemieke, at the nav station, talks about sending an email. Annemieke: "I think it's day eight? Nine?.. This is the first I've sent. They must have been waiting for a message. I have to be honest [laughs] I didn't know exactly how it worked."Sunrise. Alex steers. Then Witty steers, and Alex sits forward of the wheel and looks to port. Alex: "We've woken up, and we can just now see Turn the Tide on our windward side. Which is awesome. We were going really well last night." Steve, looking at them in binoculars: "They're on a MH0. Certainly it's a masthead sail." Drone shot of Scallywag reaching on port. Witty, on the helm: "We'd rather see the boats 1 to 5, not 6 to 7." Drone shot of sea bird (shearwater?) riding the pressure wave in front of Scallywag's headsail. Witty: "We've gained in the last 24 hours, which is a positive thing. Scallywags could do with a few positive things at the moment."Below, Annemieke talks about Neptune. Alex talks about getting a "visit from a special person." Fish, in the cockpit: "I'm not too sure, but there might be a bit of brightness coming into our lives." Tom, below: "Anything's possible as far as I can see. And on this boat, anything really is possible." Ben, below: "Time will tell what punishment is in store for me, and for the other guys who haven't crossed the equator."Afternoon drone shots of Scallywag gonig upwind on port with full main and J1 (I think).Steve, at nav station, talks about the clouds and rain. Shot of crew grinding in the cockpit in the range. Luke, grinding: "Almost got caught with our pants down on that one." Luke talks about rapid and large windspeed and direction changes. Alex: "This is like reverse doldrums. There's been wind, but we're getting screwed by clouds all the time." Steve talks about the weather systems, clouds, winds, how every time is different.John, at the nav station, wishes a happy birthday to a loved one: "Hi Ames. Just wanted to say happy 16th birthday to you, there in australia. Hope you have a fabulous day, look forward to seeing you soon. Have a gerat time, miss you loads, love you lots, take care. Bye."Bow cam shot looking aft, with spray, as Scallywag reaches on port in 20 knots of wind. Below, Luke Parkinson, in his bunk, talks about trying to talk to "Halesy", in the nav station, and how just climbing in and out of his bunk is quite a task. Steve, at the nav station, talks about how hard it is to stand without holding onto anything. He talks about how hard it is to function with the boat's motion. We see Tom in the galley, Ben eating. Luke, Ben talk about the effort of living when the boat is heeled, moving, dressing, stacking.Slo mo shots: Alex stands on the cabin, reefing the main as Scallywag reaches on port in windy conditions. Annemieke smiles at a sailor in the foreground, holding a sheet and unclenching a hand to show white discoloration. Someone (not sure who) being drenched in the pit by a cascade of white water.On deck, Annemieke talks about her sailing career, sailing Optimist dinghies, then international classes and Olympic classes, sailing in two Olympics, and now here. Drone shots of Scallywag sailing on port gybe under A3, J2, J3. Shot of Annemieke on the helm at dawn. Annemieke: "I think the highlight of this trip so far was this morning, sailing on the helm." Slomo shot of Scallywag sailing on starboard tack into the setting sun in windy conditions with a competitor visible ahead and to weather; I think that's probably Dongfeng on the first afternoon of Leg 2. Shot of Annemieke (I think) on the grinder in the spray coming over the boat with a reefed main. Back on the boat today, she talks about getting her boots wet the first hour of the race. Annemieke: "I think it's great to be here. There's no other place I'd rather be. Look around. It's champagne sailing." Drone shot of Scallywag sailing with the sunrise behind.Pretty drone shot: Scallywag reaches south on port in 10 knots of wind while silhouetted against the sunrise. Annemieke on the helm. Witty, in the cockpit, asks deadpan: "What is stealth? Stealth bomber? Is Dee all right? Are they okay?" Below, at the nav station, Steve explains stealth mode, and that TTToP have engaged it. Witty, below, explains the he thinks it's not a good time to have used it, since all the boats are pretty much sailing directly south in steady wind. More drone shots. Witty: "It's a bit like poker... You need to know when to bluff and when not to bluff."Pretty clouds before dawn. Witty, on the foredeck, coordinates with the cockpit on sail trim. In the cockpit, Witty jokes about having ADHD: "I'm like a cat chasing its tail. Like a little baby cat chasing its tail." Annemieke checks sail trim. From the pit, she talks to Konrad about sailtrim. Shot of her trimming before dawn. Annemieke: "You have to really adapt quickly. If you hang around too long on a certain setting, you can lose a few miles on the rest of the fleet." Witty: "Clearly, I actually have no idea what I'm doing. I'm just lucky the ropes are different colors." On the foredeck, Witty helps stack the sails forward.In early mornnig Steve steers. Winds are about 7 knots with Scallywag on port gybe. Witty stands next to Steve and does narration for a mock TV show, the "Steven Hayles Breakfast Show." Witty: "Lovely morning here on Scallywag!" He introduces the crew: "the definining chin laws Tom Clout" (?) (on mainsheet), Alex Gough. Witty: "We also have our raging psychopath safety officer, John F-f-f-fisher." Camera pans to reveal Fish wearing what looks like a muzzle as he stands at the aft pedestal. Witty: "From the northern beaches of Amsterdam, Dr. Clogs!" Annemieke, wearing a false gray beard, gives a thumbs up. Steve asks Dr. Clogs: "Our skipper David has a rash on his scrotum, and I would like to know how these two are meant to apply the Sudocrem." Annemieke is unable to answer. [Edit: Video appears to have been removed, presumably by VOR media people in response to the Rule 69 protest referencing it? Dunno.]Witty, below, stages a mock cooking show by Humphry B. Bear. Stirs in water, closes up the container, then opens another one to show the final result.People asleep below. Ben works on the water maker. He explains that it has stopped making water, so he's inspecting, looking for leaks. "It's a bit of an unexpected thing to happen. There was water this morning, and now it's stopped." Shot of a spigot with water coming out. Ben: "There we go. We've got water." Fish: "Nipper's been working pretty hard, and he's pretty resourceful." Alex, getting dressed below: "It's surprising, how even though you think you're going quick, someone's still quicker than you. You think that you're pushing, but someone else is pushing harder than you. That's probably a reality check for everyone."Drone shot of Scallywag sailing on port gybe with A3, J2, and J3. Looks like it's near sunrise, with pretty clouds. Audio is Steve and Witty talking at the nav station. Witty: "Crossing us?" Steve: "Not crossing us... We're probably 20 miles ahead of him?" Steve, talking to Konrad at the nav station: "We're being as proactive as we can, trying to be smart abou where we put the boat, but... the doldrums can create an awful lot of mixup, and for sure these leaders are going to start losing miles. So what we're losing right now, we'll definitely get back a chunk of that if not more. Basically it's two days of really keeping the faith here now. A day from now I think we'll really have a different feeling on board in that we'll be gaining rather than losing. This sort of slow, steady loss is hard for everyone on board to swallow... At the moment we're not happy with where we are, but we will make gains. There's a very long way to go in this race." Shot of pre-dawn sky with crew silhouetted on the stern. Another drone shot like the opening shot. Witty, in cockpit: "Every time Steven Hayles comes on deck on another sched and says we've lost they have to put their trusty Leatherman away so they don't slash their wrists. It's quite depressing for 6 to 8 hours and find out that you've lost." Shot of Alex on the helm. Witty: "It's not all over. There's still a bloody long way to go. As they say, 'Keep plugging away.'" Drone shot from above.Sunrise shot of the helm as Scallywag surfs on starboard gybe. Shot of the foredeck as they hoist a sail. They have three headsails up already (Fractional or Masthead 0, J2, and J3, maybe?); this looks like they're hoisting the A3 to replace the Code 0, maybe. Washing machine shot of the helm. Witty, in the cabin, talks to the crew in the cockpit. Witty: "I just said, do you want me to find something else to put up? You're triple-headed, are you?" Witty, below, talks to Konrad: "We've got every piece of sail up you could get up here in over 30. Problem is they've just been a little bit lower than us, so we thought we'd fix the problem and put everything up. We are now definitely sailing the lowest." Washing machine shot of cockpit. Witty: "It does sound quite horrific, doesn't it? [Laughs; adopts mock-gravity voice.] Man your battle stations, lads. Get ready for disaster."Slomo cockpit washing-machine shot with the sunrise behind them. Slomo spray on the bow as crew works the foredeck. Slomo washing machine drenching someone working in the pit.Shot of them in the evening sailing past Porto Santo Island on its north side, surfing on starboard gybe. Steve, below at the nav station: "Second night, just to the north of Porto Santo, which is actually the island we rounded in Leg 1 of the race." Slomo shot of them approaching Porto Santo with the sunset behind it. Steve: "Just down to leeward now, well, 20 miles away, is Madeira. Always a bit of a decision which side of these islands you go in the tradewinds, because they leave a huge wake of disturbed wind beneath them. So we're passing over the top here. And also just trying to keep in contact with the fleet. Been a fairly windy first 36 hours of the race, so people are pretty tired. Breeze has calmed down now; just good fast sailing." Slomo shots of cockpit washing machine in deep dusk.Cockpit looking aft as Scallywag surfs. Looks a little less hectic than yesterday. Below, Witty sits, looking tired, as Ben walks forward past him toward the galley. Witty: "Good. Nipper's about to cook me some dinner. And I have a couple of favorite words in the dictionary. One is 'ointment'. That means it's too serious for cream and it needs ointment. And that is gonna be my bum in the next few days if it doesn't dry out. And the second one is 'moist'. That's all I can do to describe the last 24 hours is very moist. Fast, and moist." Washing machine shot of cockpit. Witty: "Dongfeng and MAPFRE are a little west of us, but we're a little detached from everyone else... We're all heading west at the moment. Doesn't really mean a hell of a lot... Twenty-four hours into a marathon. Nobody wins it in the first 24 hours... Either I sleep soon or I die. Pretty simple. I can't do 19 days of this; no one can. But the forecast is we only have a couple more days of this. Just tough it out for a couple of more days and see how we go."Slomo washing machine shot of Tom (I think) getting doused on the aft pedestal.Crash cam footage of Scallywag surfing on starboard gybe toward the setting sun, then broaching to windward as the boat heels and the headsail flaps.They recover quickly.Mast cam shot of the cockpit as Scallywag surfs on port gybe. Washing machine. Witty, at the helm with big reflective bug-eye goggles, sticks his tongue out at the camera.Steve at the nav station below at night. Steve: "Few issues on board. We've got a big leak at the nav station, and we've wiped out the main navigation computer. Which is pretty annoying 7 hours into a 21-day leg. A fair bit of work, trying to swap things around and make it work off our other computer, and I'm feeling a little fragile in terms of not having a lot of backup."Slomo spray during the departure from Lisbon: Crew on the foredeck with the setting sun ahead; two grinders on the handles getting doused. One of them grimaces with a rainbow behind him.Cockpit looking forward into sunset with the boat sailing fast off the wind. Washing machine. Ben rigs a sheet on the foredeck with the sun setting ahead of them. Witty, mugging into the camera in the cockpit: "Sending it. Away from Lisbon. And straight at Madeira. Cape Town here we come." Waves coming over the bow.Slomo shot of Martine watching dolphins jumping near them. Simeon steers.Drone shot circling AkzoNobel going to weather in light wind with the J0 and J3.Nicolai just before dawn: "We're still chasing Dongfeng down a little bit. But they're doing a good job staying between us and Lisbon... We just hope we have enough runway to make it work... It's a drag race from here to Lisbon. To pass them, they need to do a mistake or we need to be a little bit lucky."Slomo shot of Brad looking at the sunrise."Konrad stop filming me." Crewmembers bartering food below at night.Nicolai on the helm at sunset talking about getting to Lisbon. "A podium finish would be even better, but let's just get there first." Shot of the wake.Martine talks about close action with Dongfeng. "It's been rewarding or disappointing. A bit of a competition, even between watches. You always want to perform well for your watch."Single drone shot of AkzoNobel going to weather with J0 and J3. Dongfeng visible in the distance behind and to leeward.Brad (gesturing at Dongfeng, off camera): "If we hold these guys off that'd mean we had 6th place. But if we hold these guys *and* the guys behind them off, that'd be 3rd place." Nicolai, on the helm: "That was funny. You're a funny man." Brad: "Stop it."As AkzoNobel sails upwind on starboard, Simeon talks to the crew about what's happened in the fleet around them. Nicolai is on the helm; Emily looks at a tablet. Simeon: "Scallywag was hanging on, but they fell off, so they're 10 miles behind now... Light is on top, and pressure is there [gesturing to leeward]. Vestas is trying to defend. But actually MAPFRE went up higher... Options are still open."Ross talks to Simeon at the nav station. They're pointing out different boats. Simeon to Konrad: "MAPFRE slipped away underneath us. We thought we were doing the righ thting, but it must have gone still on the inside, and the rich got richer basically. Hopefully it will happen the same to us. We still have a little to go to the waypoint. But hopefully we'll make a gap with the rest of the fleet, and go for the hunt." Simeon rubs his face and forehead in apparent discouragement.Martine on the helm with a big grin on her face as AkzoNobel surfs and spray washes through the cockpit. Later, she talks to Konrad while Simeon steers in the background. Martine: "This morning was one of those moments that you think, that's why I do this. It was a pretty nice downwind, full-on surfing waves. It was pretty good."Shots of a land bird (some kind of old world warbler, I think?) perched on Ross's head. He and Nicolai (on the helm) joke about it.Shots of AkzoNobel sailing close-hauled toward the sunset in 7 knots of wind with the Masthead 0 and staysail.Brad, on deck, as AkzoNobel sails upwind in 7 knots with the Masthead 0 on starboard: "I guess the longest I've been at sea is a week. We're planning on doing three weeks plus. I think the days will slide by pretty quickly, especially after the first four or five days. I'm feeling optimistic. I'm enjoying it. I don't know how it will feel when we're doing the last long stretch across the Atlantic in eight months' time, seven months' time, but it's good fun so far." Slomo shots of Brad on the helm.At the nav station at night, Ross points out things on the computer screen while Martine looks on brushing her teeth. Ross: "Yeah; super light. So we're just hanging into this stuff here, which was the lefty we got. Now we're into this righty, which is the header." Ross, talking to Konrad: "I think we've gone okay. Both Vestas and MAPFRE are both going really well. But I think it's been a trickier night for them... We've just got a little light spot to get through in the next hour, hour and a half, and then we get the breeze and can start pointing for Porto Santo." Shot of crew at the back of the boat before sunrise, with the dawn and Venus visible behind them.Emily, on the bow as AkzoNobel is slatting in no wind, points forward to where you can see Porto Santo lit by the setting sun. Emily: "Looking at where we are going, you can see the islands we've got to round, in the sunset, silhouetted." She grins and gives two thumbs-up to the camera.Shot of AkzoNobel slatting in no wind. Simeon: "We had a little bit of an accident yesterday with one of the mainsail battens; the top batten." Shot of them lowering the main, removing batten cars from the mast track. We see the crew repairing the broken battan, as Luke talks off-camera: "There's so many pieces that go together to making a mainsail, that you break one bit it's all related to the others. Unfortuantely we broke this top batten, which is the main batten that sets up the whole square top of the sail. So with a couple of days of reaching ahead of us, we thought we'd take this light air moment to repair it. Boys have done a good job, and now we're ready to hoist." Shots of them re-hoisting the main.Drone shot circling AkzoNobel at sunset in light wind, sailing on starboard under Masthead 0.Slowmo glamour shot of Martine in sunglasses on the helm.Nicolai, below, works on a broken-down winch: "We had a windy night last night, and when you have a bit of breeze it's always hard on the gear. We broke the winch we use to furl the sails, so just fixing that right now. Without the winches we can't pull the sails; we can't adjust anything... These are crucial. We need them all the time... So that's why I'm doing this now, and we'll have it back up in a hopefully couple of minutes, but probably half an hour."Night. Talking in the cockpit as they've furled the Fractional 0. Discussion of rudders. A crewmember (Nicolai, maybe?) probes with a boat hook off the stern, then straightens up. Crewmember: "Gone." Other voice: "Gone?" First crewmember: "Gone." Simeon below, at the nav station: "We're here off the African coast, and we hit something pretty hard. Twenty-two, twenty-three knots. Some plastic on the rudder, vibration on the keel. We furled the fractional and did a bit of a back down. Seems to be gone." He shrugs. "No water in the boat. Rudders still in." He gives a "let's go" gesture and smiles.AkzoNobel sails fast under on port gybe after sunset. Young moon is low ahead of them. I think they're carrying the Fractional 0 and a reefed main. Wake shot.Ross, with a tablet, navigates in the cockpit. Simeon steers. Ross: "We're setting up for Gibraltar, we're just on the starboard side of the channel in the anchorage where the ships are, literally just east of Gibraltar. And we're gonna gybe and get lined up for the shipping lanes... One of the busiest places in the world for shipping, and we've got to follow all the rules and regulations, and at the same time yacht this thing through as fast as we can. So yeah; it's gonna be a busy 6 to 8 hours." Nicolai takes the helm from Simeon.António is on the weather rail holding binoculars. António: "Yesterday I had just finished diving the boat - Scallywag - and all of a sudden Simeon ran up to me and asked me if I wanted to do the leg. Of course, that was my goal. I spoke to Witty, and he was happy with it as well. So it was good. Very good opportunity." Nicolai on the helm. António: "When you are a reserve sailor, you need to be always ready to jump on board whenever it's needed. So: that's how I am here."Sunrise shot of silhouetted crew (Martine?) on the helm. Simeon at nav station, talking about their strategic moves. "It came out well. We're in second position, behind Vestas. But it's still close racing."Nighttime, going to weather. A crewmember shines a flashlight forward, toward a competitor: "They are A3 and J3." Other crewmeber: "Say again?" First crewmember (louder): "They are A3, J3." Other crewmember: "Thanks very much for that."