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As if trying to play catch-up against the best sailing teams in the world wasn’t enough to keep the crew of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing occupied, they are now facing an altogether different problem -- they’re running out of food.

“Despite a reasonably quick passage so far it is becoming increasingly clear that we will run out of food” - Ian Walker, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

Ian Walker’s crew packed enough supplies to last them two weeks, the predicted length of the leg, but lighter winds have seen their estimated time of arrival into Miami slip by more than two days.

“Despite a reasonably quick passage so far it is becoming increasingly clear that we will run out of food,” Walker said.

“This is in no small part due to the fact we cut everything right back to keep the boat light for the downwind sailing.

“We took two weeks’ worth of food -- we have food until next Monday and our routing is saying a Wednesday arrival at the moment.”

Although not a major worry, Walker said his crew were already rationing food and could face a couple of days at the end of the leg with little to eat.

“We’ll just have to be a bit hungry for the last couple of days,” he said.

“I wouldn’t want it to go on until the weekend though. It’ll be fine -- we’ll just try and slim the food down, make sure we don’t throw anything away, and try to squeeze another day out of our supplies.”

At the 1000 UTC position report Abu Dhabi still had more than 2,700 miles left to sail.

Current estimates put them arriving in Miami on May 9.

Comments

  • all boats should keep a stash of spagetti and tins of beans in reserve-not heavy- not rocket science

  • This is just something to talk about when there is nothing to talk about... Start was 7 days ago, they have food for 14 days? If they are running out now, then sack the food guy. ETA is May 8 or 9, they aren't going to starve...

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