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Steely Monsters

February 8, 2010

Clipper Yacht, Qingdao

These words from Quindao’s Clipper Race Report amused me. Somewhere in the South China Sea…

In relation to the rest of the fleet Qingdao is alone, but has had company in another form over the past 24 hours. In his report to the race office today, skipper Chris Stanmore-Major explains that it has been a busy night on board and gives an insight into why by recounting some of his recent chat over the radio.

“’Massive tanker, massive tanker, this is Qingdao, Qingdao, over.’
‘ Yes, good evening sir, we are a 20-metre sailing vessel fine on your port bow, range five miles. Can you confirm you have us on radar, over?’
‘You do not?’
‘I am turning on my deck lights. Now can you see me?’
‘You can? Excellent. Good watch to you sir. Standing by on one, six.’

“This happened again and again all night,” says Chris. “But interestingly every single ship made a change in course for us and each watch officer bid us a good journey. 150,000 tons of steel giving way for our little Dragon who, compared to the monsters on the move out here, seems a small refuge indeed.

“There is an air of expectancy aboard Qingdao and it is hard to equate the gentle north easterly blow we are experiencing now with the tempest to come.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Topperman permalink
    February 8, 2010 9:04 pm

    love it, a skipper in control

    • racesail permalink*
      February 9, 2010 8:21 am

      And what may I ask are you suggesting! 😉

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