A few days ago I was envious of everyone at sea, but as the wind has become lighter I have changed my view. It’s far better being an armchair sailor in light conditions as it is being a sea dog and out there doing it.
With Explora now finished 3rd across the line, the next boat should be Privateer – and she should finish with the next 24 hours if she is lucky, but with the light winds around, that ETA may well be pushed out even further. Iskareen is a good 24 hours or more behind Privateer, so we are unlikely to see her in before Thursday.
For the last few days Privateer has had Iskareen closing the gap, but in the last 24-hours the 2 guys on Privateer have pulled out with a 223nm run compared to the 165nm of Iskareen. Maybe the taste of a few ‘cold ones’ in Rio has had them working harder!
It’s going to be a long passage for those still at sea as the winds are light, and the long range forecasts show little respite – nor stronger winds much in evidence. There is the odd patch of wind in places, although where the fleet is currently positioned, and where they are headed shows conditions of 10 knots or so for the next few days.
The results across the 3 classes has not changed significantly overnight, and are unlikely to change much in the next few days.
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