ike Rudi said, broken glass! The punishment these things can
take is unbelievable. We are basically leaping off 10-foot waves
at 10 knots and landing very hard. How the mast doesn't just keep
going through the bottom I don't know.
I lost my voice, so that is good news for the crew, but makes being the skipper a little difficult. In fact, if it is close at the end and if my voice isn't better, I will probably have Stevie steer the boat. The helmsman of a boat is basically the Conductor of the Opera. When match racing, good communication is very important.
I am hoping we can get close to Swedish Match in the Chesapeake
Bay and match race them at the end like in Sydney. They have been
a little faster than us the last 30 hours, which has been upwind in
20 knots. They are the widest in the fleet on the beam waterline
and they have a little lower roach mainsail than we do. Maybe
they just sail better in these conditions, too.
Brunel made another great move to take the lead. We could never
afford to do that, but they can and did! That is great to see and
more power to them. They are going a little slower than us and
Swedish, so we will keep an eye on them in the bay.
We are going to leave Cape Hatteras to port in about 2.5 hours.
The seas will calm down a lot, as we will be out of the Gulf
One difficulty dealt with, another just about to begin.
The Chesapeake, by all accounts is a very tricky place to sail.
The forecast is for a fairly good east-northeasterly breeze from a
high-pressure system passing just north of Baltimore. If that is
the case, it may be less tricky than usual. We still have plenty
of fish traps and lobster pots that will try to get stuck onto our
keel and rudder, so there will be some fun there I am sure.
We will try our best to keep you posted. If it gets close with
someone towards the finish, you may not get as much as usual.