Ross Field, Navigator Team News Corp, 0831 GMT, 02/05/02—"I'm bloody worried. This is dangerous...there are icebergs everywhere. There are growlers floating nowhere near the bergs. We hit a small berg whilst doing 21 knots. I was steering and all I felt was a loud crash on the hull and then the rudder. The guys below then rushed into the bow and checked the interior but we appeared to be OK.
"At one stage, thank god during daylight, we were charging through hunks of ice. I had a man on lookout and directing me through the ice. We brushed when we passed some small bits.
"Its nighttime now and the off watch are huddled in the nav station looking at the radar.
Mark Rudiger, Co-skipper/Navigator ASSA ABLOY, 1425 GMT 02/06/02—"We had been running extremely hard all night in over 40 knots averaging over 20 knots boat speed for five hours when suddenly there was a huge unexpected bang! Guillermo [Atladil] did an excellent job controlling the boat in treacherous seas, while all hands wrestled the storm reacher below.
"Wow, so glad we still have the rig up and we are still in the race. This could have been the end for us. But this is definitely the fastest, wildest ride I've ever had in over 200,000 miles spanning 20 years of ocean racing!"
"I now sit in the nav station looking for ice ahead and black squalls behind. We are constantly hitting speeds of over 27 knots and it feels liken we are on a runaway train.
"The boat is full of wet sails and water and sleeping is almost not an option. 1900 miles to cape horn, will it come soon enough?"
"Thirty minutes into that last driver, onto our side we went. The gyration was so violent, that downstairs where I was sitting recovering, the engine box cover, which doubles as the companion way stairs, simply left its mount and landed on me. We got up on deck and found that the kite was shredded.
Steve Hayles, Navigator, Team Tyco, 0825 GMT, 02/05/02—"Please take note that when we start talking about coming back down here in four years' time that we should be locked away until we come to our senses."
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