Peter Blake radioed that the conditions were the worst he had encountered rounding the Horn and as bad as anything he had seen in more than 500 000 miles of ocean racing. At the height of the blow, Blake said, “Conditions are very extreme. We are presently under bare poles and getting the drogue, plus all the chain and warp we can find, ready to stream astern if it gets any worse. The boat is handling it very well but we have the occasional breaker sweep right across us.”

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