t looks like we are lining up for a restart.
Right now we have
Chessie [John Kostecki, skipper] half a mile behind and to leeward, Toshiba 0.8 of mile
straight behind, and Verne [Kvaerner] 5 miles abeam to the west. The four of
us all compressed together this morning and then found our way
into a big hole.
The others have all made miles on us during the
last sched. You pick your route based on historical data and the
forecast, but then micro systems develop, and if they happen along
your path, that is too bad.
I guess there is safety in numbers though. Swedish Match and Silk Cut could make big gains or big losses. We are not into that with our position in the regatta.
We need to stay close and wait for the northeasters to blow and
the stability game to start. This light air running is not our
On board, it is very hot. So, nothing changed there. At night, when
we get rain squalls, everyone is happy and on deck soaking it up.
The food is either worse or getting old. They are the same meals
as on other legs, so probably the latter.
During the hole we fell into this morning we must have changed
sails 10 times. At least we are getting in good shape.
And we are still making good progress toward Ft. Lauderdale, having
done 1,500 miles in the first 122 hours.
Not a lot of fun and games on board to tell you about, just a lot
of sun and broad-brimmed hats.