VIDEO South Seas, when the going gets tough… there’s Gaetano Mura


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c8e281ae-d68f-4df1-aaad-4eb77c311d02Continuing to grind out mile after mile, averaging around 10 knots and 230-250 miles every 24 hours, Gaetano Mura’s circumnavigation aboard Italia in an attempt to set a new record for solo round-the-world sailing on a 12-meter Class40.


schermata-2016-12-20-a-16-22-29EXTREME SAILING DAYS
These are days of extreme and exciting sailing. 40-knot winds and very rough seas with huge waves pushing the Italian boat from the stern are a normality on these seas at extreme latitudes and at the edge of ice. And even the remote possibility of crossing a ship can transform the day. The weather forecast for the next few days is complicated, and Gaetano will have to change course and slow down to avoid a depression that looks stronger and more threatening than the others.

schermata-2016-12-20-a-16-24-37FROM GAETANO’S LOGBOOK
“We had two tough days with difficult moments: a big wave that also reached 7 meters and more, a mounted wind often over 50 knots. But the thing that engages the most, in terms of both physical and mental energy, is the irregularity. The Indian Ocean is shown to be particularly wild and turbulent. Within two hours, conditions change ten times. This means that you have to be many hours on deck, changing sails under water.

It’s the toughest navigation in the world dear one, that’s what you came for. We are not aware of that wave coming for you at home, this place and its fame are such because of everything you describe and you chose to come down here. Besides, around here there is no place for useless things. You stop, get off your feet and think for a while, trying to temporarily ignore the paltry speed figures on the display to face a real analysis of the situation, seeking lucidity and objectivity at all costs.

And a meal cooked hot, with great difficulty, gratifies the palate and self-esteem. Strength and courage sailor. Gradually even the problems subside and everything takes its place again. The gale remains, we will have a whole week of harsh and difficult weather. You have to look at the glass half full just by seeing the disasters, alas, suffered by some of the Vendée Globe boats.”

Gaetano Mura and Italy are preparing to spend Christmas and New Year’s in the planet’s stormiest oceans. More logs and weather updates, photos and videos in the coming days.



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