Team SCA crossed the finish line in Abu Dhabi in the early hours of Monday 15th December concluding the second leg from Cape Town to the Emirati capital city in 25 days, 6 hours, and 23 minutes.
“We were on a big learning curve after Leg One and we took away a lot of things that we brought into Leg Two. I think we achieved that and worked on the areas that we needed to work on. This leg has again been a learning curve, but we have been sailing the boat really well and love what we do, so we just have to keep on pushing,” commented Abby Ehler (GBR), shortly after arriving in Abu Dhabi.
Her fellow crew member Dee Caffari (GBR) agrees, although she points out that “the faster way we will learn in this race is to be sailing alongside another boat so we need to find the boat speed, stay with the pack and increase our learning as fast as possible that way.”
“The tough thing I think firstly was that the weather wasn’t exactly what we thought it was going to be, we didn’t actually have the forecasted, predicted weather that we thought we would have on this leg, it was a lot lighter, which made it a lot more difficult. Strategically and tactically it was a lot different because we had to try and find passing lanes and opportunities, which were even more difficult once we lost touch with the pack,” concludes Caffari.