ell, there certainly is a difference of opinion out here. We have ourselves and Swedish Match running down the 160M line and two
groups of three doing something a little different.
Silk Cut, Chessie and Merit are going for the early satisfaction
of heading more east. This is both closer to the finish and a
faster point of sail as we are all on starboard in a southwesterly
wind. Kvaerner, Toshiba and Brunel are investing more heavily
than EFL and Swedish Match in the south.
The forecast shows more wind to the south in 48 hours as the next low-pressure system
throws some wind our way. Toshiba and Kvaerner are paying heavily,
losing 14 and 10 miles on the last sked, which ,again, rates you on
a course directly to the finish line, not necessary the fastest
way to get there.
This should be a rich-get-richer syndrome as there is a ridge of
high pressure wedging its way around the southern tip of Africa,
which lightens the wind most for those north.
We are pretty happy with our position, although it is always tough
to let someone take big chunks out of you as Merit did on the
We are reaching along with 13-14 knots of wind from 240 degrees, doing
about 11 knots of boat speed. It is amazing how you get rusty
after three weeks of not doing the thing on board. It is taking us
a little while to get back into the grove but I think we will be
in good shape within 48 hours. Just a lot of detail things about
where you store your clothes, getting "new and improved" software
to work as well as the old stuff, staying on top of keeping track
of data collection, and getting into the sleeping routine.
No incredible human-interest stories yet. Josh is sick and trying
to be a tough guy by not taking extra rest, so I will be watching
his progress. We will need 12 very solid citizen in about 72
hours. That is when the "E" ticket ride starts.