There's much celebration at RTSL.eu tonight with the news that the boat of our friend and SAS consultant Andy Phillips crossed the line in first place at the end of the Race 1 of Clipper 09-10 - the round the world yacht race. The crew were ecstatic, cheering and giving an impromptu Mexican Wave with their feet as they sat on the rail.
Progress hasn't been without troubles - two spectra strops (no, I don't know what they are either) have been broken in the few days that they've been at sea. Andy was at the helm on both occasions!
For the ten ocean racing yachts that started from Hull and Humber on Britain's east coast on Sunday it's been a breakneck charge down the west coast of France to the end of Race 1 near La Rochelle.
Congratulations go to Andy and his fellow crew members on Team Finland.