Ngalawa Cup Race Report - Day 7

The final leg into the finish line.

The final leg into the finish line.

It's the 7th day of sailing and the Motherluffers take the Ngalawa Cup.* After an early start, they managed to hold onto the lead they picked up yesterday and reached the finish line beach just after 2pm local time. 

Broken this, broken that, lost this, water-flooded that, gashed feet and hands. All worth it!
— Jake, Motherluffer

According to our man JT, they had a beer in hand within seconds and we hear they've spent the evening celebrating appropriately. 

The Ngalawa is designed to make things as difficult as possible.
— Chad, Motherluffer

Although inexperienced sailors, they claim their relative ignorance was what cinched it for them: "Some of these other sailors have more experience than us, but they know too much and were very used to sophisticated systems so we had an advantage... we know how to rig knots and we understand wind and that's it." 

A vast improvement on their showing during the training weekend. They broke their rudder, got themselves beached for four hours and called UK HQ after a shipwreck drowned their tracker. According to the company secretary, they were fairly cheerful about the situation although because they didn't have any gin on them our expertise was redundant. Not a problem they will face this evening. An hard-earned victory, bravo chaps. 

Here's the Motherluffers and Between the Sheets. They've spent the last 9 days sitting on the water and are celebrating at the finish line by.... sitting in the water. True sailors. 

Here's the Motherluffers and Between the Sheets. They've spent the last 9 days sitting on the water and are celebrating at the finish line by.... sitting in the water. True sailors. 

Joining them this evening on the finish line is UK trio Christopher, Mel and Erik of Between the Sheets. An excellent sail from both teams and they've earned themselves a day to recover as they wait for the rest of the boats.

After a particularly eventful day yesterday, Ship Happens and Piratas Canadienses are close to the party as the crow flies although they will have to circumnavigate a spit of land to get there. It should be only a few hours sail, but they may regret their camping choice at 4am, when they will have to be up to move the boats before the tide goes out.  

Sleeping solo tonight are the Bambu Heroes who after an excellent day's sail have struck ahead of the rest of the pack and pitched up on Fanjove Island. 

The rest are on Songo Songo where the Motherluffers started this morning. All going well, they will try to emulate their successful route tomorrow in time for the closing party. 

So close I bet they can smell the flag. 

So close I bet they can smell the flag. 

*Thumbnail photo courtesy of Shari Thompson at www.oakpics.com. 

 

*It's, alas only a notional cup. They will actually win one of Peter's personalised erotic haikus. 

 

Previous Reports:
Winner's InterviewDay 6Day 5 | Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1 | Pre-race Training


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