More coffee is being drank and alarm clocks are going off at all hours. Spouses are grumbling at the middle of the night course adjustments and sail changes. Nothing annoys co-workers more than interrupting a meeting, "it's 3PM, hold on, we have new GRIBs and I need to change my course, be right back". But it's important, you don't want to wander down into that windless abyss.
Some racers are hitting the forums to keep their addiction alive. Noted racer AWASP states, "Can anyone tell me how I'm going - AWASP ? Although I will be checking in the next hour when I get home but need to know , love this game , might have to start 4hr watch system ....... ok just more beer then". The strain is palpable after ten days.
Racers are even going after each other, a gentleman's sport gone awry:
Elle: where are my two miles!?! dammit.Friendships lost over two miles.
TPG: can't have em. mine now.
Some say it's just a game but after ten days at sea and thousands more miles to go, it's obviously much more than that. It's the Volvo Ocean Race Game.