e are right back where we left off on leg two. My sleeping bag got soaked last night because of a pinhole leak in the water
ballast tank right next to me. But that was just the bottom half
of Rudi [Mark Rudiger] and my sleeping bag. So, to finish it off, the guys dropped
it in the bilge in a tack.
I am not looking forward to sleeping in that thing. My socks
stink so bad I can't stand them already, and I got 4 hours sleep
in the first 24 hours, even after Rudi and I discussed not getting
burned out in the first twenty four hours. My nice dry, clean
smelling bed in Fremantle seems so far away not to mention my bed
in San Francisco.
Anyway, we are doing what we are here to do race this sailboat.
So far so good, despite a blown ballast tank last night. This
morning we led around Cape Leeuwin, the southwest corner of
Australia, albeit a small margin over Toshiba.
The whole fleet
was quite compact, all within two miles. As we sailed away from
the point, the fleet split in two. Toshiba, Chessie [with AmericaOne's John Kostecki on board], Swedish
Match, and Merit went offshore. Kvaerner and Silk Cut were going
inshore. Since they are 1 and 3 in the regatta, we thought we
would stay near them, since we did not expect anything major to
Swedish Match and Merit gained a lot while Toshiba and Chessie did
not. We gained on Kvaerner and Silk. So now Swedish is leading
by a half mile over us and Merit is behind us by half a mile.
Swedish is very fast up wind in this breeze: 20 knots. Merit is
not, but going the right way brought her to the front for now.
It has been fairly rough, beating into rather small, short seas,
slamming occasionally, nothing too bad though. We are tacking
quite a bit, which is bad for the sleeping program as everyone has
to wake up and shift himself and the cargo (food, spares, etc.) for
each tack. We have been tacking on average every hour since
The outlook is for the wind to slowly go to the northeast over the
next 48 hours. This should set us up for a port tack fetch toward
Bass Straight by Tuesday. So far, it doesn't look like we are
going to be setting any records for getting to Sydney on this leg.