So, exactly what does it take to consider venturing into the end of the Southern Ocean? And what lessons did we learn when recently completing Leg 3 of The Ocean Race?
We asked Fisher these very questions, and he explains below just three of the factors that helped get the boat to the finish line.
“You can’t get across the Southern Ocean as a group of individuals. You have to be a strong team and everyone has to pull together. The teamwork element is absolutely crucial to competing in The Ocean Race as a whole. It’s fundamental that every member of the team is looking after each other in certain situations. The nice thing about the experience as well is everyone brings a different skillset and there’s different personalities. The best teams are always the ones who are a rich mix of all these many different things.”
“Resilience was a word used a lot after crossing the Southern Ocean. It was a fairly constant test of resilience and pretty much everything that could have broke, broke on 11th Hour Racing Team! It was the resilience of the team and the refusal to give up that got us to the finish line. There were times when the easiest thing to do would have been to stop, but we decided to knuckle down, repair the boat as best we could on the water and keep managing the situation and stay positive.”
“Being able to adapt to situations is crucial in the Southern Ocean and flexibility was one of the key factors to our mindset. It was incredibly important. There was a point where we had difficulties and we had to accept we weren’t going to be able to push as hard as we wanted. We had to adapt and realize we couldn’t try to win the leg, but just get to Brazil. That flexibility in mindset was incredibly key because it meant we remained positive, and focused on the fact we were going to get the boat to the finish line rather than be disappointed we weren’t going to win the leg. We also had to be flexible in how we figured out solutions on the boat as well in terms of the self-repairs.”