A 7 mile run
out to the offset mark then a turn to port bound for
those Scilly Isles! Light reaching in 3 to 8 knots;
many changes between the code zero and code 2. Good
to keep the boys busy wooling up the Gennakers!
Every vessel that was in sight was scanned to see if
the opposition had sneaked up on us. Finally news came
thru that Scandia Wild Thing had rounded about 6 hours
behind us! That put us about 10 hours ahead of them
Then the inevitable happened... of course the wind disappeared
completely and even those elusive cats paws were gone!
Slowly slowly, though the wind finally began to fill
as we worked our way south of that stationary high and
at last we were back to 10 to 12 knots in 6 to 8 knots
true. We seem at last to be learning the boat as now
we are not happy if we are not 4 knots faster than true
wind speed in this range. The wing mast trim and the
sheeting angles are critical to our performance. Tom
Dodson and Rick Bouzaid aren't so bad as well of course!
Also it sure makes a big difference not to be dragging
along the broken remains of our Cannard actuator from
the bottom of the Hull as we were in the last half of
the Transatlantic race.
News now through that we are 3rd on corrected behind
Patches by 2 hours or 2.8% and Aera by just half an
hour. Nice surprise for us as its a rare thing for big
boats to be playing with these IRC optimised yachts.
Still a long way to go before the fat lady sings though.
As I sign off for the evening and tuck back up in my
cosy stateroom listening with one ear to ensure the
crew are working their hardest we are now 30 miles from
the Scilly Isles doing 14.5 in 11 knots true, code zero
back on, TWA 102 and true direction 016. Lets hope the
breeze stays in for us.... we just might give those
Irish a fright, just need some Kiwi luck! About time
the boys reckon.
ETA tomorrow morning sometime. Better hurry up or we
won't get over the shoal into that marina .....several
refreshing ales a good incentive!
Over for now from team Maximus Kiwi.
Photo: Daniel Forster/ Rolex