Kyle Langford / Team Brunel

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Bouwe, trimming the main, talks about doing well over the night where they were the first to change sails from J1 to MH0, and did a good job, and later when AkzoNobel did their change they did it poorly and lost ground. And then they sailed over the top of MAPFRE. He talks about how Dongfeng went east. They're hoping the wind stays the same so they (Brunel) will need to gybe downwind. "Nothing we can do about that; they chose that route we chose this route." Nina: A bit nervous. No idea what Dongfeng is doing. We're just trying to hold MAPFRE now. Bouwe: Had a bit of a tough start. Kyle, on the helm: Not over till it's over. Bouwe, walking below, shows Sam his fingernails are all intact. Capey, below: Que sera, sera. Sam: What's that mean? Capey: What will be will be.Slomo washing machine from the cockpit. Kyle, below: Just broke the padeye that holds the port outrigger on, lost the forward outrigger, snapped the end off it, and it took a big gouge out of the daggerboard, and had to replace that, which was pretty horrible in 25 knots power reaching. So just spent 45 minutes under water with Carlo trying to replace that. And we did that, and lost quite a bit, unfortunately, about a mile and a half to AkzoNobel and the rest of the guys. Back underway, and hopefully make some gains on those guys soon. Spreader cam shots of Kyle and Carlo working on the broken outrigger. Reefing the main.Carlo, below: It's very light. So it's an opportunity to catch up on the two red boats. And on sleep. He gets in his bunk. Peter, on deck: Pretty light. Working our way back up to Norway. Stretching the course, which is good for us... Can see the boats ahead of us, bit of a compression. Kyle, on the helm: Of course the dream is still alive till it's over. Some good gains... Keep plugging away and hopefully catch them in the next 24 hours. AkzoNobel behind them. Dongfeng and MAPFRE heading south. Peter and Capey talk about current and the virtual mark. Peter: Wanna wake everyone up? Two miles? Capey: I think that will do it for me. (Calling layline.) They tack. They come into the virtual mark, with Capey calling the bear away. Abby on the bow talks about them having rounded the mark, and traffic separation scheme coming up. Sam: How is the mood on board right now? Abby: It's good. Still in good spirits. Still a long way to go, gotta keep plugging. As much as we would like to be down there, we just gotta keep trucking. Shot of the two boats ahead of them.Bouwe. Peter: Doesn't look like many of these shifts are going our way at the moment. Carlo's very positive. Once we turn the corner here, Brunel will be like a good racehorse. Vestas in the background. Going into Aarhus with AkzoNobel just behind them. Nina trims during a maneuver, then runs forward. Crowd on the quay. Rounding the turning mark with AkzoNobel just boatlenghts behind them. Sailing fast with the A3. AkzoNobel crossing behind them. High drone shot of the two boats. Low drone shot from in front of the bow. Distant drone shot of the two boats with a lighthouse in the foreground. Go Sam. Carlo trimming with the sun behind his yead. AkzoNobel ahead of them. Kyle: Just went through Aarhus. Didn't do so well; AkzoNobel got ahead of us. Wind farm to starboard as they sail fast with the main reefed. Abby below, eating. Holds up her hand and makes a "meh" gesture. Talks about it being painful to sail past the leaders but sailing in the wrong direction. Can hope we find a passing lane somewhere, or have a bit of a parkup between now and the finish. Sam: Are you remaining optimistic? Abby: I'm trying to... It's going to be hard to pull any positions back. But keep pushing; never give up.Kyle, on the rail: Approaching Aarhus. Got Turn the Tide, AkzoNobel, and Scallywag behind us. Vestas ahead. MAPFRE and Dongfeng are quite a ways ahead; hoping for a parkup. Not the greatest position, probably 13-14 miles short of where we want to be. We're still confident we can come back in this leg. Pushing hard. Hopefully it will swing our way. Peter below lies down in his bunk. "I'm for a nap." Sam: How we gonna get em, Pete? Peter: I don't know. Depends on the opportunities. Had a bit of a peeling frenzy this last hour: Masthead to J0 to Masthead to J1 to J0. We can see Vestas again. Hopefully the leaders are slowing up. Bouwe, below: So far it has been pretty much as predicted. Have done pretty well against Akzo and the boats behind us who have sailed in the same water. Sam: You're behind the red boats. Does that worry you, and how are you going to get them behind you? Bouwe: It worries me *shitless*. Because they have a really good lead, 11 miles dead upwind. If they turn the corner that 11 miles will be 25, 30 miles again. But luckily we go through the virtual waypoint. Chance of a parkup, and hopefully can catch them up. It will be difficult. After we come back past Denmark there's a lot of exclusion zones, traffic separation zones, wind farms; of coruse we're going to try to sail our own course. Might take a little bit of a flyer because we're relatively far behind. High pressure pushing in, so there's a chance for a buffalo girls sail the outside. So let's cross our fingers that's happening.Saying goodbye on shore in a cafe/breakfast tent setting. Abby hugs someone. Bouwe: We're going sailing! Going to the Hague, going home. Parade. Nina, hand in lens: No photo, no photo. Capey on the dock: Time to go. Sam: How great is this part? Capey: This is bad. This is boring. It's dull, isn't it. Hanging around, waiting for the big event. I'd rather get into it. On the dock, Peter and Carlo are talking with Blair Tuke. Peter: I'm dying, I need to get off. Bouwe comes up and shakes hands with Blair. Capey comments on Dongfeng's dockout. Bouwe has to make a big step onto the boat. Peter steps aboard. Dockout. Kyle, below: Five years ago we had a great comeback in the America's Cup. Unfortunately we weren't able to repeat that in Bermuda a year ago this weekend. But we're hoping to achieve a similar thing in the Volvo Ocean Race. Back in Auckland five months ago we were in second-to-last place, since then we've worked very hard. We've had a lot of fun with it, hope to keep the ball rolling, be on top of the podium when we get to the Hague. Nina, looking at MAPFRE motoring out ahead of them: I know that we're gonna beat 'em. Capey: Good people, nice boat, same as ours. So we have to outsail them. Bouwe on the helm: I've sailed around the world two times with them. They're good friends, so it will be nice to beat them. Sam to Carlo: Do you have some nerves today? Carlo: I have a little bit of nerves, yeah. But that's every leg start, really. Usually have nerves for an hour before the start, and then takes about two hours before that's gone. Sam: When you see the red boats what do you think? Carlo: I think good luck, but you're gonna be behind us. Hope you have a good leg as well, just not better than us.Crew is in a room talking about the upcoming leg. Abby asks how far they can go in at (somewhere). Bouwe answers: Potentially all the way inside of the harbor. Bouwe asks if anyone else has anything. Kyle: We've got no pressure on us, the other guys do. The only thing we need to do is keep doing what we're doing. Don't change anything, just do everything a little bit better. Everyone sticks to the process. The woman next to him says, "You can have my glasses because you just did my job." Bouwe has one thing to say, "One final thing. The last leg is always a little awkward. But just kick yourself and say, Fuck, we had fun this race, we did well. And just enjoy it, the moment. The moment you leave everybody goes their own way, some see each other, some don't see each other. These are the last miles we'll sail together... We had a pretty nice campaign. And that might make a difference.Kyle: We were stuck behind MAPFRE for quite a while; managed to get past them, which is good. Still pushing as hard as we can, and hopefully we can hold it all the way to the finish. Sam: Do you think the dream is still alive? Kyle: Yeah. Step by step. Have to win this leg first... Chip away, and hopefully it will all come together. Sam: Who's the fastest boat in these conditions? Kyle: I think we are in these conditions, came from 4 miles behind. Later Dongfeng is fast with the J0; we've been working on moding in those conditions. Hopefully we can hold them.Kyle, in the hatch: We've just rounded the north of Scotland. We've got Dongfeng a mile under our bow here. Turn the Tide and Akzo just behind us, MAPFRE about 10 [?] miles in front of us. Waiting for the breeze to build. It's natural when you have good moments, bad moments, that the mood's kind of up and down, and obviously we're up at the moment. We've had a pretty good 6-8 hours, and managed to work our way through the fleet, so we're almost to the front. Sam: You guys still see a chance of winning this thing? Kyle: Like we've seen in every leg, it's not over till you cross the finish line. And we were on the bad end of that in Newport, where we lost the lead with 30 seconds to go. Need to keep a positive attitude. Sam: Any chance of a park up at the finish? Kyle: Looks pretty straightforward all the way from here to the finish. Breeze is gonna build. In the high-speed reaching and downwind, we know that that's our strength; saw that in the Southern Ocean and in the trans-Atlantic.Stern cam shot of heavy-air reaching conditions. Carlo's grinding; not sure who's driving or trimming. Spreader cam shots of the stern, the bow. Kyle eating below. Other boat astern. Sam to Kyle: How's the mood? Kyle: Mood's down a bit over the last 24 hours. Still have a chance of winning. Dongfeng and MAPFRE are about miles ahead. It's going to be hard to close that gap. It's all about boatspeed. Full-court press to the finish.Crew on the bow talks about flying drones through tight spaces on Fastnet Rock. Drone flies over a ridge that has a hole in it. Abby: Well, we have Fastnet Rock in the background. But we don't have a lot of wind. Peter talks about Fastnet. Kyle: Nice to come back to somewhere we've been before. Peter interrupts to say they did it on the last leg. Kyle doesn't want to finish. "It's been ruined." Bouwe talks about doing nicely. "A bit of a bungee." "I htink we're going nicely. A bit frustrating that Dongfeng got a puff and sailed around everybody." Sam: Thank you.Tacking with MAPFRE behind them. Three boats inshore of them. Bouwe on the helm. Stacking aft. Capey at the nav station: MAPFRE's planning to go between the two [islands]. Peter, from his bunk: Gonna be quite close with us. Capey studies the screen. You can feel Sam wanting to talk to him, but not doing it because Capey is visibly thinking. Capey keeps glancing up at one screen, then down at the other. He blinks in surprise at something. Peter gets out of his bunk. Capey: Fuck. He gets up. Sam follows him. Capey talks to Bouwe in the cockpit. Peter gets his foulies on, goes up. MAPFRE crosses them on starboard just ahead. Dongfeng and another boat is visible beyond them. Peter is confused: Akzo appears to be goose-winging the jib. Or maybe he's on the other tack; can't really tell. Vestas is parked up here. (We see Vestas.) Alberto: Tricky situation; there's a couple of big islands. We just lost a couple of dozens of meters to MAPFRE and Dongfeng, but I think we have a good opportunity to gain again. Capey and Peter look to port. Peter: Should we go here? Capey goes to the nav station. Capey agrees. Peter: Go now! He starts shifting the stack. Bouwe seems to be letting them make the call. Tack. Abby and Louis grinding in the pit. Nina talks about there being a fishing farm that's not on our maps, so it adds a little stress to the afternoon. Fish farm nets as they sail past. Three boats ahead of them in the afternoon light. Waves on a headland to starboard. Bouwe's face on the helm. Slomo shots of islands, another boat as they sail upwind with the J1. Slomo of Alberto trimming. Sunset. Kyle explains. They had a parkup, then Turn the Tide took off. We didn't do the best job in the islands; kind of got spat out the back. Akzo, MAPFRE, Dongfeng, and Vestas are all ahead of us now; Turn the tide is behind us. We were in a good position, but now our position isn't too good. But going upwind, with some good opportunities, some good splits.Capey looks at his tablet on deck, talks about Dongfeng and Vestas. Boats on the horizon behind them. Flock of 7 alcids (murres?). Bouwe: Just got passed by a flock of ducks. That says something about our boatspeed. Capey eats. Nina: Do you want me up Kyle? Capey: Yup; starting to move now. Bouwe, on the helm: Looks like it's filling in more and more. Capey and Peter talk with Bouwe about gybing. Peter looks like he just woke up: Looks like the best breeze up here (looks to port). A motoring sailboat passes a boatlength behind them. Peter: Pretty light in front. Peter's lobbying for a tack onto starboard. Bouwe: Tacking! Capey (under his breath): I think it's not the right thing, but... Kyle: Dongfeng's parked up at the moment... Better pressure at the moment. Drone shot goes under a bridge in a gorge. Capey: Just coming into the new breeze, the northerly. The quicker we get into that the faster we'll be off. Dongfeng's stuck, going backwards, hope for the best. Not doing that great out here either. But sort of going the right way. High drone shot. Peter: Got some wind. [Looks aft.] Other boats pointing odd directions. Sam: Any other boat who's position yo'd rather be in? Peter (after discussing Scallywag). No. Peter: We might have just taken the lead. Peter puts a hand in the camera: "Not on camera." [looks exactly like Pascal in that video from the end of Leg 9, though without the middle finger.] Peter: We're imitating Dongfeng. We're very open with our OBRs. Louis: have to say it in French or English. 'No camera.'Peter talks about having had a fly-by by some former teammates. Gitana. Drone shot goes under the ama! Peter: Just a little bit faster than we can go. Thomas and probably Yann on there. Drone shots of Gitana foiling. Nina: Wish we had the saem boatspeed. But we're still going 14 knots. Kyle: That's an impressive boat.Duplicate/repeat video. Bouwe in drifting conditions. TTToP. Sam: Bouwe, what's the current situation? Bouwe: Hardly any breeze. Dongfeng somehow sneaked around the outside, from nearly last to first. Wherever the new breeze is going to fill in from, should do well. Should fill in from the north, and we're the most northerly boat. Kyle yawns.Parade (already saw this footage). This is a repeat. Parade. Carlo gets water. Goodbyes. Louis smiles; someone makes a peace sign over his head. Dockout. Sam asks Bouwe how he feels. Bouwe: Just kick the butts of these two red boats. It's like any other race; you like to win. And I think we have a good chance of winning the next two legs. It's probably a must as well; let's put it that way.Going through locks. Spectator boats. Bouwe hugs the jumper goodbye; he jumps off. Peter: It's not good timing, but you should drop it in somewhere that over half that crew is under 30. Good knowledge. Carlo on the foredeck. More horse, more carrots. Peter on the helm in the prestart yells at MAPFRE: Hold your course! He's altering course here! (Looks like a port-starboard with Brunel approaching on port and talking ahead and to leeward of the starboard-tack MAPFRE.) Bouwe holds up a protest flag. Bouwe: Come down, you're early. Big dip! Dongfeng on their stern. Capey looking at the fleet. Carlo on the foredeck as they tack. Bow with ripples. Carlo: We were over the line for a minute, but managed to squeeze back. Struggling to get some speed going. Luckly we have the tide with us. All trying to reach this pressure line. Spectator RIB with a Brunel flag. Capey points out wind to Peter on the helm. Carlo: A lot of tacking here. Decision between current and breeze. MAPFRE drifting to port. Kyle talks about not much wind. Dongfeng from last to first. MAPFRE not so lnicely. TTToP drifting through a tack. Sun reflections on the water. Slomo drifting.Bouwe in drifting conditions. TTToP. Sam: Bouwe, what's the current situation? Bouwe: Hardly any breeze. Dongfeng somehow sneaked around the outside, from nearly last to first. Wherever the new breeze is going to fill in from, should do well. Should fill in from the north, and we're the most northerly boat. Kyle yawns.Title: "Word of the Day". Louiis: Intense. Capey: Great. Nina: Close. Carlo: Pancakes. Kyle: Matt Knighton. Bouwe: Foggy. Alberto: Pancakes. Pancakes, pancakes. Yeah.A ship on the port quarter in the fog. Slomo of Kyle and Bouwe grinding. A competitor in the fog (Akzo). Peter: Every now and then they appear out of the fog. Abby: So, we have a match race on our hands. It's pea soup fog, but we can see them on the AIS. Expecting a header. It's all to play for. Nina puts her hands in front of the camera. "I don't know what to do with my hands."Capey, walking on deck: Gotta get through the ridge and then we'll be winning... Getting closer, which is good. Who needs a world record, when you can win the leg. Peter: It's a little annoying they're (Akzo) there, but at least they're close. Still trying to win the race that matters. Kyle, on the helm: It's light, it's pretty cold. There's only one thing that could lighten the mood, and that's having Matt Knighton as our OBR. Sam: So you don't want pancakes? Sam, below, makes pancakes. Peter, what are we calling this kitchen? Peter: Sam's Diner? Because he's American? We see a shot of the head, and the title on screen: "I also needed to make up for breaking the toilet legs during the level 11. downwinder yesterday" We see the whiteboard, which says: "Do not SIT on the toilet Hover! It's legs are broken. Port toilet wall broken. S.G." Carlo eats something. Sam squirts oil in an actual pan. He cooks a pancake. "For the spatula we've been using this paint scraper." He hands a pancake to Capey, who approves. He hands one to Peter, along with some syrup. "Thanks mate. It's not every day your OBR brings you a hot pancake on board." Kyle, off-camera: "Unless you have Matt Knighton on board." Peter tries it, gives a thumbs up. Sam: You don't taste the paint chips at all. Nina tries one: Best thing I've eaten since I left. Carlo, in his bunk: "Thanks. This is a wake up. It's going to be gone pretty quick. That's the only thing I'm sad about... Almost makes up for breaking the toilet Sam. Almost." He gives one to Alberto with tuna. Carlo: It's the best meal we've had on the boat. Only bad thing is we don't have a toilet. Abby likes it, Louis likes it. Louis: What a treat. Sam: What's going on with the racing right now? Louis: Well, we've sailed into the transition zone, so that's why everyone's in the bow. Kyle, on the helm: What? Is that for me? Delightful. Bouwe gets one with "Brunel" spelled on it with syrup. "Ooh, America! One bite for me, one bite for my daughter, one bite for my wife, and the last two for my dogs." Nina: We just got through the parkup. We lost the lead to Akzo, but we're close and we'll fight back. Bouwe: They got the breeze before us, which was painful, because we'd just got the bow out, and they got ahead of us. But have more wind, and will hopefully get in Monday night/Tuesday morning. We can have some more days off." Kyle takes the lazy sheet off the MH0 clew. Nina wears the horse head. Sam: Hey horse; what's the news? She whinnies.Sam: It's blowing 30 knots outside, and we're going 30 knots, so we're gonna try to launch the Phantom Pro in these conditions. He launches the drone. Amazing footage of Brunel surfing in 30 knot winds from the drone. Major stuff of the bow. Title (as the picture goes wobbly): Finally the camera gimble starts shorting out from salt and moisture. Drone comes in for the recovery, but the crewmember with a chest camera waiting to catch it misses it and it goes back aft toward Kyle, who makes a one-handed catch of it while continuing to HELM THE BOAT WITH HIS OTHER HAND. Thank you and good night.Louis: So, Carlo we call The Horsey because he's strong as a horse. He eats like a horse. And he acts like a horse sometimes. Shot below of Kyle (it turns out) with a horsehead on to mess with Louis in his bunk. Louis laughs. "I was not ready for that one." Louis tries it on. Kyle laughs. Kyle took out a very funny mask, so Horsey's happy today. Carlo comes out from below with the horsehead on. Peter: We seem to have a horse.Bouwe eats below. Talks about the split. An ideal scenario for Brunel: if the southerly route pays off they can be ahead of the two red boats with lots of boats between them. We see Peter run out barefoot as Kyle gets his gear on. "Gybing" he says sleepily. Sam, to Capey below: What time is it Capey? Capey: Gybe time. We see the gybe through the hatch. Peter, below: Talks about the scheds being good, where the northern boats were light. They'll get the new breeze first; hopefully we'll be able to keep some of the lead. Kyle talks about hitting something. He's going to try to sand the leading edge of the rudder. Bouwe jokes with him about doing it naked. Kyle: Too cold. He tapes the sleeves of his survival suit. "Safety's no accident Sam." Pole shots of Kyle going over the side, sanding the leading edge of the keel. Drone shots of him ridding the tiller like a bucking bronco. Sam casually stands on the stern running the drone. Kyle, back on board. "It was so pitted." He jokes that the guys last night saw a fin the size of the mast. "We kind of think it was the Megaladon." He explains how there was a chunk out of the leading edge of the rudder. Shot of Peter, i slomo, grabbing something along the leeward rail while getting hit by waves. Noting that he wasn't clipped in. Sheesh.Kyle before the parade, talks about the fog and cold and wind. Peter gives a peace sign. Abby in the parade. Bouwe in the parade. Kyle eating a burger. Peter unpacking gear below. Docking out. Jumper jumps out during the motor out (due to fog, I read on the SA forums). Start with Peter on the helm. Good start on starboard just above MAPFRE. Other boats near them. Ducking Vestas. Spectator fleet, bell buoy. Sam: How was that start Abby? Abby: Probably not our best. We sandwiched ourselves a bit and couldn't build up speed. Split on the run, crossing ahead of AkzoNobel. Calls starboard on Dongfeng. Brunel rounds the leeward mark in the lead. Going under the bridge. Spectator boat chanting "Bru-nel". Bouwe on the start: Basically got out of jail. Sam: What's next? Bouwe: Have to clear a couple of marks. And as you can see it starts getting foggy... Then we'll be out on the ocean.Peter talks about his socks. Sched on the computer screen. Kyle talks about how Dongfeng is coming dwon on them in the sched. Nina: Hope we can hold them off. Very stressful. We can see them now on the horizon. Capey (in the background): I wouldn't sail above the mark. He calls out to Peteron the helm: He's giving up a lot of high for not a great deal of gain so far. Shot of Dongfeng on their weather rail several miles away. Carlo talks about how coming in last to Auckland was the worst. "It's definitely not happening this time." Peter, on the helm, talks about peeling to the J0.Kyle, below: Today was the most action we've seen in a while. Gybed, with Dongfeng behind them. Crew shifting stack. Capey stacking below. Drone shot of the gybe, then above the cockpit showing the crew working with Sam on the stern. Kyle: Big front coming, 35 knots overnight. Probably a lot of action. Bouwe on the helm as cre stacks. Kyle: Looking forward to Newport. Have a burger and a beer. And get a shower. Hasn't been too long a leg, but it will be nice to get to shore. High drone shot, then above the weather rail as they're stacking, and then the drone pulls back to show them pull away.Sam, to Kyle, below: What's it like on deck right now? Kyle: Wet. Nav screen shows strong winds they're sailing in. Kyle gets geared up. Sam shoots from the cabin as crew works in the washing machine in the cockpit. It looks wild. And loud! The sound editing really works here. Shot of the instruments, with the boat going 28 knots. (Update: I learned from Matt Knighton in The Boatfeed that this is using an infrared light source to backlight the crew. Very cool.)Sam asks Peter: Can you tell me anything you've lost or gained in the Bermuda Triangle? Peter: No, haven't really lost or gained much. Had a pretty good yacht race. Carlo: Won the America's Cup with Team New Zealand in Bermuda. But I can't really talk about it because it upsets Kyle. Carlo asks Kyle below: What did you lose? Kyle: Wow. That's a low blow. Gonna have to cry myself to sleep again.Drone shot from close astern as Brunel surfs fast. At nav station, Peter talks about how they got screwed by a couple of clouds. Shows sattelite image. "Probably should keep compressing the whole way into the high." Pretty shify and tricky. He shows the routing and zooms in. "Doesn't look like it's going to get much easier; looks like a pretty good park up at the end. Hopefully have a few miles up our sleeves at that point." Drone shot low ahead as they surf. Capey bailing below in a Movistar shirt. Sam asks him the trick. He explains it's just like helming; you have to work with the waves. But it doesn't make as much difference. Sam: What do you have to say about Kyle Langford. Capey: He's the man. Used to the boy. Sam: How was he when he first came to you. Capey: Young champion. Young and dumb. Capey moves gingerly aft to the nav station. Bouwe: Last couple of scheds were not so good. That's what we expected sailing towards the high. Doing relatively well against Vestas and Dongfeng. (sound issues) Capey, at the nav station: We've gained a little bit back. Kyle, at nav station in the dark: Just got the sched, gained a little against Dongfeng. Surfing shot on deck. Abby: Currently got 20 knots of breeze, and we're sending it. Over there (gestures to port) is a big sucker cloud. We're hoping that Dongfeng is in that cloud doing 2 knots rather than 20 knots. We see a broach to clear weed. Drone following them into the sunset. Flies in and Kyle catches it, grins at the camera.Bouwe talks about seaweed in the sargasso sea. Slomo shot of sargasso. Drone shot from high overhead of sargasso. Sam: Why so unhappy Kyle? Kyle, on the helm: A lot of weed. Peter: It's a bit of a pain, really. It gets stuck all over the deck, all over the lifelines. Shots of weed in the lifelines. Bouwe brushes his teeth below; Abby picks off weed at the base of the mast. More weed washes onto the boat in slo motion. Abby: It's not making us go fast. Might be good for the environment, but it's definitely not making us go fast. Bouwe, below, talks about how to clear it off. Peter, below, explains that they've got enough wind to "broach it off." Kyle demonstrates. Drone shot of them doing big S-curves to clear weed. Bouwe: We seem to be doing it all right. We see the polar percentages go down, we do our little trick, and the polar percentages go up again. Drone shots. Slomo washing machine. Abby grinding. Peter trimming. "Hold there." Peter, at the shrouds. "I think the 2 might be a little bit loose... Yeah."Kyle, in his bunk: Capey got is in a good spot in the trades when we left Brazil, and we managed to get a few clouds and wiggle our way into the lead. Tradewind sailing, so it's pretty straightforward, so Capey's getting some rest. Getting caught up on Netflix. Title: 1300 Position Report. Capey gets gingerly out of his bunk. Settles into nav station. Pulls up position report. Sam: Is it one thumbs up or two thumbs up. Cape gestures. Title: That's 2 thumbs up. Kyle: He's monitoring our angle. Capey to the cockpit: Nice to work down a bit. Another degree down, if we could... Dongfeng's going shitty, but lower. [He shakes his head.] They lost 5. Kyle: He's taking it kind of easy now. In the next few days as we're approaching Newport he'll be busy. Bouwe talks about doing well. It's a competitive advantage having a mental coach. In the last race, we were doing poorly, and she helped us work on our communication and trust. It's an advantage, especially as the race goes on. Slomo shot of washing machine in the cockpit. Carlo working on the bow to hoist a new sail. Crew grinding in the cockpit. Peter: Reckon he's an 8 or 9 (on a scale of 1-10) in terms of being detail-oriented. Carlo: He likes to play around with all the leads when we're triple-headed. Playing around with the leads on the J2, J3. Perfect... everything. Perfect bowl of food, perfect sleeping setup. All about the details.Very high drone shot. Peter, shirtless below: Had a pretty good night last night. Can see the boats in front of us, Vestas and Dongfeng. Bouwe: How's the morning? Little clouds, a little rain. Shot of a gybe. Other boat to port. Nina: I have the craziest dreams offshore. I think it's because your sleep is broken up, all the gybing. They're really real. Sam asks Bouwe: When you're offshore, what do you dream about? Bouwe: Sex, with my wife. [To Capey: Isn't that true?] Capey, eating: I don't dream of sex with your wife. Nina: I had this really strange dream in the Southern Ocean. That the Volvo Ocean Race wasn't real; it was a coverup for a drug-smuggling operation... We're in an escape plane, and a missile is coming, and a tracker was in my bag... Sam asks Abby: How long is it until Neptune comes? Abby: Less than 24 hours. Bouwe: Three. Here, here, and here. (He demonstrates a triple reverse mohawk.) Abby: I dream about my kid. I think when you get so tired you start to hallucinate. She asks Bouwe what his dreams are about, and he repeats the "sex with my wife" line. Abby laughs. "That was honest." Low drone shot circling the boat under clouds. Abby, at night in black and white: We are either just passing or about to pass Turn the Tide on Plastic. Shot of them to port. Carlo: The other day I had a nightmare. I went to this fishing farm, where they were breeding salmon. I went inside and I was being chased by the fishermen that were working in there. But they had fish skin and it was melting. It was really strange. Peter on the helm. Carlo: Just lost a little bit on them. Louis: I've had many crazy dreams, but they're too crazy to share. Peter: I'm always pretty tired for some reason. Shot of Kyle sleeping below with the engine running.Drone shot of Brunel with setting sun behind her. Below, Kyle jokes about trying to wake up Carlo. He says he's already awake. "He's on deck. He's trimming the main." Carlo gets up. Kyle shows his watch: 10 minutes late. Kyle teases Carlo in the galley. Carlo: All day long... Kyle: You might not be able to hear him, but he's saying that he loves me. Drone shot from close ahead of Brunel. Abby: Today is Friday, and my wish for the weekend is that I be able to teleport off the yacht and spend the weekend at home. Nina: 10 knots more of boatspeed. Or a shower. Peter, on the helm: No-sail-change Sunday. Alberto: Some pancakes and ice cream would be nice. Bouwe: Back home it's another big day, in Denmark, for young kids, when they become 15 years old, it's a big thing for church. I hope they're having a good party. Kyle: I wish that King Neptune shows a bit of leniency toward Nina Curtis.... I think she's gonna be punished pretty badly, and I hope that she survives it. Drone shot. Nina: I'm a little bit nervous. King Neptune is tormenting me every day... Kyle told me how to use my own watch, and it has GPS, so I'm keeping track of how many degrees until we get to the equator. And I've only got 14 degrees until I meet Neptune for the first time. She does a high kick. "I"m coming at you King Neptune." Sam asks Capey to wear a mic, and he doesn't want to. Nina explains that Capey had a bad fall and landed on the foot brace in the cockpit sole. Bouwe explains that Capey was lucky. Things can happen in a matter of no time. Capey moves gingerly across the cockpit. Kyle checks the mast. Beautiful sunset clouds. Wake.Alberto, in the cockpit, explains that they had a very bad night, and lost a lot of distance on TTToP and Vestas. Bouwe, on the wheel: Turn the Tide and Vestas made a very nice move and gained 20 miles on everybody... Just keep trying, trying to improve, sail against numbers... And hope soon we can crack the sheet a little. Below, Louis talks about trying to improve. In the cockpit, Alberto: The secret to going faster is a good engine and a lot of fuel. But don't tell anyone; it's a secret. Awesome low-altittude drone shots, slomo, from in front with a competitor behind them. Kyle, below: Today is ANZAC day. Nina: A good day to catch up wiht friends and family, have a few drinks. (She waves.) Peter: It's our biggest wartime memorial we have every year. Obviously a long way from both NZ and Europe, but definitely thoughts with them. Shot from the stern as they prepare for a maneuver. Drone shot with competitor behind. Kyle: King Neptune is coming to the yacht to visit Nina. Alberto: Nina's the one who's very excited. Nina: Can't even deal. The torment, with the equator and King Neptune, it's started already. It's gonna be three or four days. They're too excited about it. I'm very nervous. Bouwe looking serious as night falls. Peter: She reckons we could sell the hair we're gonna get off her head. Or donate it, to kids. It's up to her to decide. Nina: I don't think anyone will want it anymore [after all this offshore yacht racing]. Someone calls down below for a peel. Abby: Too many. Crew comes up, they hoist the new sail. (MH0?) Slomo of sunset. Nina: I wanted to say to Caitlan, that I'm really sorry if I don't have any hair when I'm maid of honor at her wedding. Maybe if Caitlin also pays to King Neptune, maybe he'll take only half the hair, or an eyebrow... Sorry Caitlin. Night time shot of stars.On-screen graphic: Who is Alberto Bolzan? Different crewmembers laugh, make non-answers. Slomo of Alberto trimming. Kyle: good drive, good sailor, very emotional. Mark-rounding footage. Kyle: He hates all freeze-dried food. Footage of Alberto eating. Carlo, in his bunk: whenever we eat pasta he says itn's not real pasta. (We see Alberto complaining about pasta.) Sam asks: What's the secret to surviving the volvo ocean race? Alberto: Talks about focus. Kyle, Bouwe talk about his skills. Bouwe: "Not the tallest guy." Alberto trimming. Alberto below, talks about his hobbies. Shows photos on his phone of paragliding. Talks about his girlfriend, who's a world champion at it. Shows photos of his cat. Talks about flying. It's like sailing with a third dimension. He shows photos of the day before he left Brazil. What he loves about flying is the strategy. Where the thermals are, can make a lot of distance. The world record is 565 km. Shot of Alberto trimming with two other boats visible a mile to leeward. Alberto: I'm really competitive with everythign I do. I can't beat my girlfriend. She's too good. That's the worst part of flying. Drone shot of the bow of Brunel with dolphins swimming in front of them.Pre-departure schmoozing in the big tent. Parade. Scallywag pulls out. Peter gives them a thumbs up. "Pretty amazing to think what they've been through... see them back on the water." Brunel docks out. Bouwe steering. Bouwe, motoring out: Leg start there's a lot of hanging out, doing things you don't want to do. In the background Kyle chats up the jumper, who's wearing a Brazilian flag on the stern. Gull flying by. Peter talks about how Kyle's nickname is seagull. Start action, mark rounding with A3 deploy with Peter on the helm. Then Bouwe on the helm calls for the A3 furl. Upwind close action. Jumper jumps over. Bouwe: We have to go early, Pete! Screamnig match with TTToP on mark approach. Bouwe: Start was horrible. Good thing is we're on our way. Sweet drone shot making a low-altitude flyby as Brunel sails upwind in light air. More drone shots. Peter, below, shirtless: Didn't get the best start. Kyle: 10 miles offshore. An average start; got into third place by the leaving mark. Nice to be sailing in light air and warm air as well.Sailing in the pre-dawn. "Beautiful morning." Full moon. Kyle and Abby do winch repair in the half-light. Kyle: Got a bit of wind coming in the next 24 hours, and the winch has had a few issues, so we're just pulling it apart and servicing it. Bouwe talks about winning the leg being a really nice icing on the cake after being first to Cape Horn. Disappointing results up to now, getting better and better, but the results haven't been there. But we've seen in previous races that a lot can happen from Brazil to the finish. So if we can score maximum points, maybe the cards will be a little bit on our favor.Light conditions as Brunel sails east with dusk behind them. Below, Bouwe talks about how it's a little unfair because the boats behind will get the front first. But that's racing. Crew on the foredeck in new wind struggles to make a sail change. Bouwe: In the South Atlantic. Water in still cold. Some felt like yesterday was the coldest day of sailing. Will last for another 24 hours before we can finally turn north. More shots of crew working on the foredeck, at the mast. Bouwe: Final outlook for the leg. Last 200 miles it will be game on. Big separations. Will be interesting. Crew stacking on deck. Kyle: Just heard that Vestas dropped their rig. No injuries, which is good. But tragic for those guys. Reminds us to check to make sure we stay in one piece.Brunel sails downwind. Crew in the cockpit, at the mast. Abby comes below, inspects the steering hardware in the stern. Kyle, below: Talks about receiving the news about the loss of John Fisher. Absolutely devastating for everyone on board. Naturally morale is down. Thoughts are first and foremost with those guys; racing is secondary. Nina talks about it: Makes everything out here very real; all the risks involved. On deck, crew working in the cockpit. Below, Someone (Thomas?) grimacing as he works on something involving his hand, and blood. Abby, below: Movement of the boat is heinous. So just trying to take care of yourself, bit of an eye infection (she indicates her swollen, red eyelids) gets lower down on the priority list. Looking forward to flat water. Nina, Kyle eating. Kyle talks about how hazardous it is: Yann (OBR) fell and hurt his back. Nina fell and hit her head. Abby took a runner block to the head. "These boats are dangerous and this is a dangerous part of the world." Abby: Nina was in the head area, and we nosedived, and the boat comes to a sudden stop, and I watched her go from the head to the forward bulkhead and landed on her head. Looked awful, and I thought there was going to be serious injury. Nina: I tried to move my fingers and toes... Went straight into her bunk. Thnks she was really lucky. It's really dangerous for smaller people; ther'es nothing to hold onto. Dusk shots in the cockpit as they sail fast with the moon ahead of them.Kyle, on deck, says there's a squall coming so they've just put a reef in. "Probably got some snow on the way." Angry clouds. Snow on the main. Nina explains that it snowed; she and Kyle joke. Nina: "Kyle's decided this isn't where you should be." Kyle: "It's a place for seals, and whales, and penguins. And not for us." Nina: "It's too cold." Bouwe eating below. He explains the tactical situation. 1500 miles to the Horn. They're in the lead, which is the good news. Big front coming from behind. Gybe for the ice gate. And then big breeze tomorrow. "I think we can be pretty happy, eh?" We see a handoff on the helm: Thomas to Alberto. Below, Bouwe explains that they have 5 drivers: Albi (Alberto), Kyle, Peter, Thomas, and myself. Peter, below, explains that there's a lot of steering required in the Southern Ocean. A lot of load. On the swells. If you've had a peel, your arms are pretty sore after an hour or so. Can't drive that long. Drone shot. Thomas: Objective is to keep a good average speed. What is most complicated is when you surf a big wave you hit the wave ahead of you and slow down a lot. Peter: "You nosedive on every wave to a certain degree. Had some good ones where they went from mid-30s to 12 or so; had no way to get off the wave without broaching, so you just kind of planted it at the bottom. Held on. Not the nicest. But it's all part of it." Epic drone shot from alongside as they nosedive off a big wave and slow down.Washing machine on deck. Below, someone digs around in the gear while the engine runs. Alberto and Abby work on the sail in the bow. Abby: Always something to do. Small tear in the J2 that needs fixing. And AIS isn't working, which is a real hindrance in terms of seeing the rest of the fleet. Working through these mishaps. Sewing the sail. Definitely getting colder, a lot of condensation inside the boat. Carlo working on the foredeck. Peter, below, talks about being only 150-200 miles off the ice gate. At some point going to have to move toward Cape Horn. And are going to get rolled over by a front. And a gybing frenzy. Routing it isn't the most simple crossing. I think we're all going to be tired by the time we get to Cape Horn. I don't think anybody is ready for six days of gybing; I think we'll all be pretty broken by the time we get there. But I think it will be good fun a good challenge. Kyle (hard to identify, because his name has worn off the back of his foulies) clambers out to the clew. Washing machine.Kyle works on the clew of the MH0 (leech line?) while Alberto helps him. Alberto: Strange feeling now that the next land will be Cape Horn. Talks about going south; cold, big breeze. Abby, with windswept hair, talks about making the most of the sun and warmth while they can. "After a pretty heinous 24 hours of bouncing around." Kyle, in the dusk: Saying good bye to New Zealand. Going to a very remote part of the world. Compass rose closeup. Crew below getting undressed, workin on something in a headlamp. Abby getting doused in the pit. Slomo washing machine. Crash cam from the stern of Thomas being washed off the aft pedestal. Thomas, below, talks in French.Nina works in the cockpit, talks to Kyle. Stacks below, and then on deck, with Abby. In her bunk, talks about how it was her first night at sea in a long time. A long night and got seasick. Never got seasick before in her life. Hopefully will be good now. Shot of Kyle taking off his foulies below. Land in the dusk with a lighthouse flashing. Then an island behind them in the morning. Bouwe: Thinks they're going nicely, but no one wants to make big moves right now. Talks about East Cape. Sailing in toward land with reefed main and J2. Bouwe talks in Dutch.Nina works in the cockpit, talks to Kyle. Stacks below, and then on deck, with Abby. In her bunk, talks about how it was her first night at sea in a long time. A long night and got seasick. Never got seasick before in her life. Hopefully will be good now. Shot of Kyle taking off his foulies below. Land in the dusk with a lighthouse flashing. Then an island behind them in the morning. Bouwe: Thinks they're going nicely, but no one wants to make big moves right now. Talks about East Cape. Sailing in toward land with reefed main and J2. Bouwe talks in Dutch.One word: Louis: Disappointment. Peter: Brutal. Kyle: Difficult. Carlo: Very disappointing. Sally: Risk? Alberto: I'm sad. I don't even know what to say. Everybody's disappointed. [He shrugs.]. Sunset. Capey at the nav station. Someone eating in the red light of their headlamp. Instruments. Kyle: We're still fighting. Stranger things have happened. Looks unlikely. Performance seems like it's been better this leg, but slipping away from us. It's tough. Sunrise. [Favoriting this because I just think Yann does a really good job with narrative, and his videos really work for me on an emotional level. I've felt this since the last edition of the race: His videos aren't just videos; they're powerful short films. All the awards for Yann.]Capey at the nav station. Chart software. Night shots on deck. Instruments on the mast. A crewmember shines a flashlight up. Spray. Talk about needing a line to tack the J3 (I think?). Sunrise. Alberto on the helm. Sally with the sun behind her. Bouwe: Unfortunately the weather didn't do what it was supposed to do. Center of the high pressure is right on our track. Not very nice, but the only way for us to go. Other boats have a more lifted breeze, more pressure. The next 24 hours will not be very pretty. We'll go from being near the top to being even last. Stacking aft. Peter and Kyle grinding. Bouwe calls up the (expected) bad sched results. Instruments. Kyle: Distance to finish number doesn't really go down very quickly. Almost more painful than not having it there.Shots of instruments. Sally talks about instruments and what she looks at when she wakes up: Speed. Heel angle. The heel sucks. Canting cockpit floor would be fantastic. Peter, on the helm: Boatspeed and true wind angle are the ones you look at the most. Carlo: True wind speed. Louis: Polar percentage of the last 10 minutes. Kyle: Depends on your role, driving or on the main, differs. The number I look at the most is my watch. And distance to finish. Carlo: This is our fucking watch captain. Bouwe, below: Sailing is trimming and sails up and down. But numbers don't lie. If you have the answers it's in the numbers. Capey: Down here is where it really happens. Numbers down here. Boatspeed, windspeed, a lot of things to monitor. Bouwe: My favorite number is polar percentage. Always trying to beat that number. If you're at 103 a lot of the time, that will become your new target. Always trying to keep improving. Capey: Only one number as navigator, and that's position. Trying not to hit anything. And heading: Are we going the right place. Shots of the nav station computers, instruments, VHF with channel 16 showing. Computer screenshot: Adrena Pro Carbon Edition, with strip charts.Below, Bouwe says the "day bag" is empty. No chocolate. Kyle digs around in the galley. "Not much choice." Peter looks around as an alarm sounds (or maybe it's just the engine?). He eats in the galley. "Last night's dinner: it's becoming breakfast... Never quite sure what it is. It's food." Carlo digs through the food bag. Explains that everyone's a little hungry. Didn't bring as much food as they normally do. Light air leg means they want to keep the weight down. He goes through the food. "Going to be good to sail into Auckland and have some real food again." He laughs with Alberto and Sally. "Stew twice: Chicken stew and beef stew." He tosses a bag to Kyle, jokes about looking at the food for an hour first, to stretch it. Time-lapse shot of the food bin in the galley as people take stuff from it.Carlo wears the Peter Gabriel cam on the foredeck. In the cockpit, Kyle says, "I hate it. It's the worst place on the yacht." Peter: "Occasionally you get absolutely soaked." Kyle: You're gonna get hammered. Have to have all your kit on, or just know you're gonna get cold and wet. Carlo, on the PG-cam, checks the hanks on the J1. Back on the stern, he talks about being the bowman. "I didn't really choose it, but we started as a team, and the position was open, and Bouwe just sort of pushed me into it. I had no experience on the bow at all. And through a lot of mistakes and patience of my teammates, I think I've got a pretty good grasp on it now." Bouwe, below: I think all great sailors have been a bowman at some point. People come on the boat and get stuck there, and strangely it's a key position. If you make a mistake it affects everyone. Carlo: I like it. Slightly dangerous, but I guess that makes it a bit more fun as well. Carlo on teh bow in the PG cam in slowmo. Peter: I don't think Carlo has a substitute for his role up there. Kyle: It's a bit of a Mexican standoff to see who's going to be the other one to go forward and help him. It's usually Pete, Louis, and myself who go forward to help him. And Capey. It'd be nice if he was a bit more independent, and didn't require so much help. [He grins at Carlo, on the helm behind him.] Bouwe, below: He's taken a job, a responsibility, and he does't make mistakes anymore. PG cam footage of Carlo on the bow gathering in the J1. Capey, below: I was a bowman once, about 35 years ago. I know what goes on up there. Bouwe: I could probably do the bow again on a small boat, a 30-footer. Capey: That's a job for young fellows. Fit young fellows. Carlo takes off the helmet cam and hands it back to Yann.Crew in shorts working the cockpit in the half light. Drone shots with big rain cloud behind Brunel. Capey at the nav station. "We've just crossed the equator. Our next obstacle is to get out of the doldrums." Solomons coming up. Disappointing evening with the westerly boats making huge gains on us. We didn't get the wind. Hoping it would be the other way around. It was a choice I made. At the Solomons there will be another shutdown and compression, and we'll make the most of that. Have to take the good with the bad. Forecast and history, and a bit of luck. A bit of a cloud lottery here, the way they build and move. There is a bit of luck. But there's also skill in placing yourself in the right place. Next 10 days likely to be slow. Bouwe on the helm. Shifting the stack on deck, below. Mastcam view of washing machine in the cockpit. Sailing through rain. Washing machine. Mastcam view forward. Capey, from below, calls up about a good sched. "We took 50 miles out of MAPFRE... Only gained 20 on Turn the Tide. [Kyle asks how far behind they are.] Must be 50."Rain in the cockpit; crew showering. Alberto is very happy, after a week. Grinding for a sail change. Sailing upwind. Carlo fiddles with a pedestal. Below, he and Kyle inspect the pedestal, which is broken. Kyle explains that the pedestal started slipping. To fix it they've had to pull the pedestal apart, requires coordination with the guys on deck. Found the issue, which was a chip in one of the sprockets. So he's shaved that down, and will put it back in place in the position of the pedestal that they don't often use. Carlo works n the sprocket. Lubing the chain. Kyle: I've seen a lot of people do this stuff, but I haven't done it much myself. On deck, Louis comes up to report on a very good sched. "Only 2,500 miles to go." They flp in little wind. Below, Kyle works on putting the pedestal back together. Coordinates with Carlo on deck. "Just be a bit rough with it, Carlo." Kyle: "Done."Below, Alberto eats. Who knew he had so much gray in his hair? Kyle gets undressed. He explains that it's pretty awful below. Rough conditions, very warm, engine running, 30 knots of wind, very uncomfortable. Alberto getting dressed. Kyle: Outside is better, but not by a lot. Tough conditions, but fast. Alberto goes on deck. Kyle: I can't wait for the doldrums. Looking forward to getting some good sleep when it's nice and dry; recharging the batteries. Stern cam shot on deck as they sail upwind in rough conditions. Cockpit shots of spray. Bouwe at the nav station. He explains that it's blowing 24-30 knots. It's the most uncomfortable sailing you can do on a boat like this. Talks about "all the guys and Sally" not liking it. Below, Alberto talks about the heel angle. The whole boat is humid. Smell is horrible. Time to slow down and give a break to the boat.Least-favorite thing about the leg: Carlo: going upwind. Kyle: The upwind start, going upwind in 40 knots. Alberto: The humidity downstairs. Bouwe: The rain. Alberto: The rain in the first days. Sally: The beginning of the leg. It was horrible. Rough, a little seasick. Enjoyed the most? Bouwe: When the northerly wind came in and we were sailing at 26 knots in flat water. Kyle: Being with the leaders. Louis: Being competitive. Sally: Racing against the other boats, quite close. Peter: The transition we went through with all four of the leading boats right next to each other. Alberto: I like days like this. Sunny days, nice, warm. Carlo: Sailing to Auckland. Alberto and Carlo below.Kyle on deck. Carlo on the bow. A distant competitor's sail can be seen ahead of them. They hoist a sail. Peter on the helm talks about how they're struggling a little at the moment. They've extended quite a bit. Not sure if it's a sail or just pressure. Seem to be all right on their targets; hopefully it's just pressure. Not much you can do about it. Keep trying to figure it out. Come up with ideas to go quicker. Finicky boats. Plenty of different configurations. It's been good being in the same bit of water as the boats ahead. Frustrating when they get away, but that's yacht racing. Sally explains that the two boats ahead pulled away, but they're coming into a squall. She's confident. "We'll catch 'em." Bouwe on the helm.Kyle emerges from the cockpit. Major washing machine. Slomo washing machine soaks Carlo on the helm. Bouwe (I think?) trims on the stern. "Going to New Zealand now!"Night shots: Rain (or spray?) in the cockpit. Sail change. Working on the foredeck. Spray in the cockpit. Below, Alberto talks about chaning from the MH0 to the J0 (or maybe it was J0 to J1?) "I was nice and dry, and now I'm completely wet and ready to go in the sleeping bag." Carlo, Kyle talk about the maneuver. Breeze kicked up to 30 knots and had to peel to the blade. Talks about how it's difficult, that that's what it takes to be competitive.Night shots of them sailing on starboard. Another boat in the background. Kyle talks about how all night they've been within a mile or so of the other two boats, pushing hard. Cool night/dim shots. Dongfeng. Kyle: "Nice to be fighting with the leaders." Gives them confidence. Kyle cleans up lines in the pit. Stands on the outrigger to adjust the J1 leech cord. Cool drone shot in dim light of Brunel going to weather with Dongfeng in the background, a quarter mile away. Kyle on the foredeck. Another sweet drone shot, circling them to show both Dongfeng to leeward and AkzoNobel ahead and to weather. Kyle goes below with his toothbrush. Bouwe sits at the nav station, looking at a chart. Kyle gets in his bunk.Kyle pours food into a container in the galley. Whiteboard on the bulkhead above reads: "B/FAST PORRIDGE OR CEREAL". Oh, crap. It's going in a container labeled "Not for eating." I honestly hate this bit. Abby works on a cardboard crown. On the stern pedestal, Sam grins, knowing what's coming. Kyle emerges from the cabin with crown and trident. King Neptune does the bit: "Sam Newton! You're here to be punished for your heinous crimes." They throw the gross food on him. Rome gives him a crosswise reverse Mohawk. Sam is a good sport about it.Kyle, on the helm in glassy conditions at sunrise, talks about how slow it's been. They've been going 1 knot; "with 3 and a half knots now it feels like 20." Jens trims, chuckles. "Hot. Hot and slow." Yann's longer-lens closeups are cool-looking. Sally: "Torture." Abby sleeps in her bunk. Closeup of a fan. Sam, at the galley sink: "Frustrating. Extremely frustrating and slow." Awesome drone shots of Brunel sailing upwind with a giant, dark rain cloud behind them. They peel from J1 (I think) to the MH0 while the drone videos them. Abby looks through binoculars at their competitors. "I see a boat with red sails, so could be Dongfeng or could be MAPFRE." Jens: "They're still ahead of us, but catching up just now. Got some good breeze now." Then a shot of them slatting in no wind again. Fish breaking the surface. Sunset. Favoriting this one just for that drone sequence.Crash cam footage from the stern cam: They're sailing in light wind and heavy rain in a squall. There's a flash of lightning and a loud crash. Rome, on the helm, jumps off the helm platform to crouch down in the stern. They laugh. Rome: "Holy shit!" Below, Kyle and Sam watch the footage on a laptop. Kyle: "He's very easily scared, that Rome-y. You'll walk around a corner and he'll jump. Very easily frightened." More of them watch and laugh. Rome: "Shat my pants it was so close." Sam, on deck, talks about having the lightning strike quite close, feeling the static through their bodies. "Bit close for comfort. Lucky we got out with the instruments unscathed." Night shot of distant lightning. Shot of the mast instruments at night. Bouwe at the nav station. Closeup of the compass dial. Slomo wake shot. Shot of passing Ghupuna; drone shots of passing Ghupuna. Sally, with a Scopolamine patch behind her right ear, looks at land. "Nice. It's a little bit of something besides blue water." Jens: "It's always nice to see land. It's only halfway, looks good. Have a couple of boats we want to catch." Yann, to Bouwe on the helm: "You like the green you're seeing, or...?" Bouwe: "No. I like more the beach, actually. I'm more a beach man." Shots of the island. Abby and Sally working in the pit. High drone shot of Makira behind them.High drone shot of Brunel. More drone shots. Drone closeup of the cockpit, with Yann on the drone controls. Shots on deck of them going through a squall with rain and spray. Slomo of Carlo wiping water from his face in the pit. Slomo washing machine shots from the cockpit, the stern. Bouwe, below, explains that they're heading north toward the doldrums. Mentions that Neptune has a victim coming, because someone in the crew is a polliwog (or whatever it is they call them). Maybe that's Sam? Capey at the nav station. Bouwe describes the results of the latest sched. Boats ahead have less breeze now, so they should catch up soon. Lightning in the distance. Crew showering in a rain squall. Flopping with the J0 in no wind. Kyle, below, describes how they got stuck in a rain squall, then stuck in no breeze for an hour and a half. Drone shot circling them with no wind.Drone shot from close ahead as Brunel triple-heads on starboard gybe. Nice audio editing; I doubt it's true audio recorded onboard during the drone shots, but it's integrated nicely. A voice (I think Rome's?): "Little trim. Hold that." Drone shot from port quarter of Brunel surfing; as the drone circles astern we see TTToP a few hundred yards ahead and to weather. Closeup of Rome trimming. Kyle, on the stern, talks about TTToP: "Turn the Tide are two boatlenghts behind us. We're trying to fight them off. They rolled us on the gybe before, then we managed to sneak through to leeward of them. Now they've accelerated again and are threatening to roll us. Nice and close. We'd rather be at the front of the fleet, obviously. But we're battling it out for last place." Shot of the cockpit with TTToP chomping along in their wake. Slomo washing machine. TTToP surfing behind them. Rome, below, talks about being in the front pack at the beginning of the leg, but now they've fallen back a bit. Talks about TTToP interaction. Still in touch with the front of the fleet. He talks about how on other boats crews have sailed together for years. "Kind of learning as we go. Hopefully we get back in touch, and get back in the game." Shot of a gybe in the cockpit.Capey in the cockpit at (I think) the start; a woman's voice is counting down on a radio. We see a closeup of Rome's face looking forward; behind him we see Kyle, who's calling mainsail trim, I think: "Little build here. Give me a little twist." Closeup of Abby looking over her shoulder at Scallywag. Now we see Kyle on the aft pedestal. He calls to Sally: "Leeward trav! Leeward trav! Sally? Leeward traveler!" Closeup of Kyle's face as he stacks. Shot of MAPFRE ahead and to leeward of them. Kyle: "Doing really well on Scallywag and Akzo. Vestas is okay. Tiny bit higher than the guys behind us. Good mode though." He explains the start to Yann: "The start was okay. We were a little bit behind, started on port and had to duck the fleet. So started off behind, but then we got a nice shift. Currently in third place, pretty close to Vestas. So it was a pretty good start." Below, Kyle pulls off his foulies. Rome talks about getting "firehosed" setting up the strut going 20 knots. "Other than that it was good. Going well." Slomo shots of Rome getting firehosed setting up the outrigger. In-the-action washing-machine shots by Yann near the mast. Dongfeng visible to leeward. Below, Sally talks about being back on the boat. "It feels like coming home. I was telling Abby; everything's set up just the same. Like riding a bicycle." Talks about start tactics, and the race since then. "It's intense. A new team, so you have to stay on your toes and pay attention, but yeah. A good time." On deck we see Dongfeng (I think?) ahead of them and to leeward.Bouwe comes out of the cabin into the cockpit wearing a Santa Claus costume. He's holding a sack and banging on a teapot. Carlo watches from the shrounds. Santa: "Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!" Santa gives a present (a card?) to Capey. Capey: "It doesn't look like I can eat this." Peter watches from the helm. Peter gets a (poorly wrapped) present. Abby gets a present (hers actually looks pretty nice). Santa gives Annie one present, then swaps out a different one and gives hers to Alberto. Louis, poking his head up from below, gets a "baby" one. Santa walks to the bow, then back. Kyle emerges from the cabin rubbing his eyes. Louis puts on reindeer+Santa hat sunglasses. (Assuming that was his present?) Santa passes out the final gifts: Cookies. "Sharing, sharing..." Santa removes his beard to enjoy a cookie. Carlo talks to Ugo: "You really miss out on the special days doing this race. So it's nice to be able to celebrate Christmas with Santa on the boat." Below, at the nav station, Santa/Bouwe types at the computer.Brunel is sailing in the sun in about 14 knots of wind on starboard gybe. Annie emerges from the cabin to walk on deck. Kyle: "Get her on the bow!" Annie: "Get my harness on." Annie takes a few practice turns on the grinder handles. She raises her arms. Annie, sitting on the stack: "Below doesn't smell that good anymore. It's quite nice to be out in the fresh air even if it's cold." She explains taht she talked to the doctor, and he thought she should only be making tea and coffee. She's only on deck because conditions are so light, she says. She turns the grinder handles under load.Kyle getting dressed below. He talks about how the water temperature is 6 degrees. Miserable on deck. Good motivatino to keep grinding. Carlo, below, talks about how cold it is. Kyle lists the layers of clothes he's wearing. "Rugged up as much as possible. But you still get wet, and cold." More getting dressed. "I think the worst thingis putting on a wet balaclava." He goes on deck. Carlo: "The best thing when you come inside is that you're not on deck, getting firehosed all the time. But the worst thing is you have to take off all your gear, and it takes 30 minutes." He takes off his gloves, shows his hands. He talks about how little cuts from on shore become infected. "You have to take care of your hands." We see Alberto below.Below, the engine is running. (Maybe they run the engine continuously in these conditions so the keel hydraulics stay powered up?) Kyle talks about how they're really in the Southern Ocean now. 50 knots earlier, and consistently 45. Waves are huge. "It's awesome downwind sailing. It's all on." Talks about how you enjoy it when you're on deck, driving and trimming. But coming below it's like you're in a washing machine. Peter: "Had an experience pretty similar in a Sydney-Hobart a couple of years ago." This is a little easier because they're going with it. Happy they got the front sail furled before it hit. Just have the J2 and a couple of reefs, blowing 45. Talks about how they're slowing down a bit in the big puffs. Stern cam shot from the deck in sun as they surf. Bow cam. Mast cam. Seas are gnarly and very confused.Kyle, in the cockpit, looks at the teaser images of the new America's Cup foiling monohulls. "It looks like a catamaran, but it's a monohull. I think it's cool. That's what the Amerca's Cup should be. Cutting edge, and the fastest monohull out there."Slomo shot of Kyle on the stern.Kyle gets dressed below in the full-on gasketed foulies. Talks about the competition. Peter, below, talks about opportunities when it goes light again. Bouwe, below, talks about their choosing a more northern line. Peter and Kyle talk about how bad the conditions are on deck. Slomo washing machine footage of cockpit, shifting the stack. Annie: "Don't go to the death zone. Also known as the bow." Stack. Coiling line. Slomo winch. Abby rubs water from her face. Bouwe on the helm. Slomo washing machine in the cockpit, grinding.Kyle sleeps in his bunk. Carlo touches his shoulder to wake him up. Kyle: "Fuck." Kyle talks to Bouwe, off camera, about Dongfeng's location. Bouwe: "No, no. They're 40 miles away." Kyle, to Carlo: "Wet hands." Carlo: "It's so wet outside." Kyle: "Yeah, it looks it." (Wonder if this is referring to the same fog from the 09:12:27 MAPFRE video.) Dishing food, eating. Annie eats in the background. Kyle: "Having lunch, which is rice slop, with tomato, I think. Which is very similar to every other meal we eat." Carlo walks by. Kyle: "He likes to wake you up with wet hands, which is very uncomfortable." Carlo: "C'mon, seagull; you like it." Capey, at the nav station, explains their situation. Kyle puts on his foulies. Goes on deck (yeah; looks heavily overcast at least, if not foggy), takes the wheel. Slomo shots of passing water. Shot of the "Team Brunel" branding on the foulies hanging below.Slomo of spray coming over the bow. Below, Capey talks to Bouwe in red light at the nav station. Bouwe announces below: "Gybing." mast cam view looking down, pit cam view looking aft, as Brunel gybes from starboard to port at sunset. We also catch a glimpse in the pit cam view of Richard (OBR) on the stern with a camera, then see his footage of Kyle grinding. Bouwe, in the cockpit, talks about the strategy of when they gybed, hope to cross Vestas. Below, Abby stacks. Sunset.Sunrise. Kyle coils a line while silhouetted against the sunrise. Below, Bouwe tells the crew they're gybing. On deck, we see the gybe from port to starboard. On the helm, Bouwe says it will be interesting to see if Vestas continues on the old gybe. Maciel points out Vestas. Telephoto shot of Vestas. Capey and Annie looking through binoculars. Stacking below. Abby, on deck: "We're on opposite gybes; looks like Vestas is just crossing in front." We see Vestas, on port gybe, cross a few hundred meters ahead of Brunel. Per the tracker, this cross was at 2017-11-17 1118 UTC. Slomo of cross. Peter on the helm with Vestas in the background. Carlo, in the cockpit: "I've never been racing so long, and still within a couple of minutes of each other." Capey at the nav station. Slomo of Carlo.Below, Capey is at the nav station. Off camera, Bouwe asks, "When do we start cutting the corner? Tomorrow? Or the day after?" Capey: "80, I think's, the true wind direction where we've gotta start. Around that, yeah." We see an instrument display showing TWD of 085. Kyle, on deck, talks about how AkzoNobel is to the east, having "cut the corner" earlier, but at the risk of missing the good part of the front that Brunel is hoping to hook into in a day or so. Maciel, looking through binoculars to starboard: "Yeah; Copacabana." Then, pointing: "Yeah, there they are." He lowers the binoculars, hands them to Kyle. Maciel: "Vestas. On top of the wheel." Annie, at the galley, talks about smelly boots and wet foulies getting dried out. Kyle, on the wheel, points out his "cigarette legs... very powerful legs as well." Row of boots hanging along he weather rail. Spreading a sail out to dry on the cabin. Kyle, on the helm, jokes with Bouwe and does a Crocodile Dundee impression: "That's not a knife."Bouwe, on deck, talks about passing the equator and heading south in the tradewinds. Below, at the nav station, Capey talks about strategy for the south Atlantic portion of the leg: Getting south as quick as they can now, then hooking into a front. Capey: "Last couple of hundred miles will be the decider. So that's what you've got to get in position for." Closeup of instruments. Hands holding a sheet. Slomo shot of Vestas a mile or two ahead of them. Slomo shot of Alberto on the low side, squinting up into the slot. Carlo working on the foredeck. Spray on the clew of a headsail. Closeup of winch turning, easing. Kyle talks about speed gains of 0.1 knot being quite significant. Artsy slomo closeups: Winch, Alberto. Below, Richard asks Capey about Vestas: "Do we follow or do we do our own thing?" Capey: "We do our own thing." Sunset.Kyle and Peter get their equator-crossing initiation. I think maybe Capey is playing Neptune? Not full-on cosplay, though. Shot of the three inductees on the bow in the spray.Peter, Kyle showering, shirtless, in a rain squall. Carlo working the bow.Peter sits to leeward and calls sail trim. Beyond him we see AkzoNobel to leeward. Kyle, on the helm, talks about boats visible ahead of them. Kyle: "Two of them. Must be MAPFRE and Vestas." We see a distant shot of the two boats ahead of them, the boat to starboard (which I think is Vestas) more visible than the one to port (which I think is MAPFRE). Maciel stands in the forward hatch talking about the nearby competitors. Carlo, on the bow, talks about how they have the best sailor in the world (Peter) on the helm to try to catch them. Shot of Peter on the helm. Clouds ahead of them.Kyle, in the cockpit: "This winch is back-winding." Kyle disassembles a which. Kyle explains: "Just have some broken springs in the which, which started to back-wind under load, which could be very dangerous. If you've got a lot of load on the sheet, and the winch starts spinning backwards then the handles will spin and if it hits you and the thing's unloading you can break your wrist." Kyle, on the low side working on the winch, is wet from spray. He asks Annie, on the helm: "A little less heel, please, Annie." Close up of the broken spring. Below, Abby calls up: "Still got longer to come down." (Maybe she's securing the backing plate as the winch is reassembled?) Below, Kyle wipes his face with a towelette. Talks about being 40 minutes late to go off-watch. Realizes that there's a sail change to do, which will take him back on deck. Carlo, on the bow, pulls a new sail forward. Kyle grinds a winch. Kyle goes below. Shot of Kyle sleeping in his bunk with earbuds in.On deck during a rain shower (with sun and blue sky in the background) Kyle, shirtless, showers in the water dripping from the main. Alberto steers in light airs. Bow shot with the stack forward in about 5 knots of wind. Below, Peter works on a metal part held by vice grips. (Update: Per Bouwe's text update today, believe this was Peter repairing the broken end of the outrigger.) Abby below in the bow, laundry hanging below. On deck, shot of the runner blocks with clothes hanging from the stern lifeline. Maciel stands in the pit. POV GoPro shot of someone (not sure who) up the mast checking the rigging.Kyle, below, talks about Peter's winning the World Sailor of the Year award (twice). How it's a little hard for him, being on the "receiving end." Annie, below, talks about what an accomplishment it is to get to the Olympics and to win, and then to get the America's Cup. She says the goal onboard now is to get him the Volvo, so he'll have won all three. Capey: "Shows the character of the guy, he's got 6 months off, so he comes to do the Volvo... Having Pete Burling in your crew is like having Mick Jagger in your garage band."We see the following message on a phone: "Subject: mail to Peter Burling / Huge congrats mate, World sailor of the year! Well-deserved. Love you heaps. Hope all going well for you. Mum and Dad" Abby, below in foulies with a headlamp on: "We've got some great news that's just come in from Peter Burling's parents. It was World Sailor of the Year last night, and Peter has won the award. He doesn't know yet, so we're gonna go and give him the news." On deck in the early morning, Peter is trimming the mainsheet. Abby hands him the phone. Abby: "Read this." Peter does, chuckles, looks around. Abby gives him a thumbs up and a clap on the shoulder, shakes his hand. Abby: "Nice one." Shot of Kyle on the helm with the sunrise behind him. Peter talks about the people who helped him, how he's stoked. Abby leaves. Peter: "Part of Team New Zealand, just a small part of a 90-person team." Keeps trimming. Not gonna get much of a reaction from him. Kyle (of Team Oracle), from the helm: "I'm absoluetely thrilled for him. Couldn't be happier." People laugh.Capey, at nav station at night, refers to chart and talks to someone off camera (I don't think he's talking to Richard, though): "We could always just go down the coast, if we wanted to kick our ass." (?) Annie, below in daylight: "There was a point last night where I sort of thought it would be really nice if there was a bit less wind and it could be really dry. But I'd regret thinking that in a couple of days when we're in the doldrums and it's hot and no wind. So we should enjoy it right now... The America's Cup boys they do a good job, yeah. Driving hard. They may not like the lack of sleep, but none of us do. Yeah; sending it." Slomo shot of Peter on the helm. Epic washing machine shots. Bouwe, below, talks about the weather patterns and winds. "The more you're getting down to the equator, the breeze will go further to the east. If you go too early you never can make westing anymore. So the more westing you make, it looks very horrible, the more cheap it is in the end." Annie: "We've got some miles to make up now; the others got a better shift, Dongfeng and MAPFRE. Just trying to chase them down again now." Shots on deck: Kyle on the helm looking dour. Peter, Alberto, and Kyle shifting the stack in preparation for a gybe. Slomo spray on the foredeck.Kyle, shirtless in his bunk, laughing: "I was pretty broken this morning. Haven't had a lot of sleep, so I'm looking forward to getting a few hours now before we gybe back. I'm pretty broken, but this is just the beginning, so it's only going to get worse." Richard: "Is this what you expected?" Kyle: "Yeah; we've done a bit of training, and this is what we've trained for. Still very inexperienced, still have a lot to learn. We haven't had consecutive days downwind, which is what we're going to have now. So I think the next few days are gonna be tough."Alberto and Annie getting dressed below. Alberto: "We're gonna peel to the blade. And we're on the Masthead 0 right now. So we've got a little bit more breeze, and the blade is hopefully going to give us a bit more speed." Shot of Alberto on the bow and Annie on the foredeck rigging the new sail (the J0?), and then griding in the new sail in the cockpit. Peter: "We've been having a pretty good fight with the Turn the Tide guys for the last two days." Kyle: "A little bit frustrating. We make a bit of a gain and then lose again... They're not for slow, that's for sure." Peter discusses the belowdecks stack with a crewmember in the companionway. Shot of Bouwe looking serious on the helm.Abby, below, is getting diving gear (a mask?) out of a locker and handing it up on deck. She explains to Richard that they're going to do a quick back-down because they think they have something on the keel. Abby: "Kyle's ready to jump over the side." On deck they furl, then turn into the wind. Kyle in shorts and a swim mask, puts a GoPro camera on his head. Maciel stands by with a coil of line tied to Kyle's arm. We see his view as he dives in and checks the appendages, then see a view of it again from the deck. He surfaces. Kyle: "Clear! I'll check aft!" He swims to the stern, then we see him being helped from the water. (When did he pass the GoPro back?) Kyle explains that there was nothing on the keel when he got down there, but that they were already going backwards so whatever it was may have fallen off on its own.At sunrise running in a good breeze through the Med. Bouwe: "It's very nice sailing. We've got 15-18K of breeze, downwind, so that's always good. But you think back to yesterday, and we got a penalty in the first inshore lap. I think was not correct, because we MAPFRE was to weather of us. But we had to do a penalty turn... And then we had a huge wrap in our spinnaker, which was quite expensive... About a half an hour before we got it unwrapped." Kyle on the helm.