Temperature: minus 50°C
Distance travelled: 13 km
Updates from Polar Race:
Precisely at 15.03 on Tuesday 21st April the 3rd Leg of the 2009 Polar Race for the Wedgwood Blue Ice Trophy started. 75 miles from Cator Harbour to a waypoint about 4 miles off the coast of King Christian Island.
So far, what with the temperatures at the start being a good deal colder than normal, the mostly strong head winds and the unexpectedly rough conditions at the end of the last leg – this has probably been the toughest race of the four we have run.
However I have not told the competitors that!
All are in good spirits and with little broken on the last and longest leg the teams can sense they are on the “home” stretch. I expect competition to be close. The competitors have all coped admirably which is a tribute to our lead trainer Steve Pinfield
As this leg is mostly out of sight of land there are no geographical points to navigate by (apart from hopefully the sun) I am cheered to know that they are all now proficient in use of GPS (Global Positioning System) which allows the bearer to locate his/her position anywhere in the world.
Since 2000 when we undertook the “Footsteps of Shackleton” expedition in South Georgia we have always used the basic Garmin etrex GPS unit. Simple and efficient without any “bells and whistles” it has a long battery life and is easily handled and operated by all even when using it with thick gloves – especially important in the Polar Regions!
I have won many yacht races with another Garmin model so you can say that I am quite a supporter so there was never any debate when we started buying navigation aids.
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