It was a thoughtful day on Derry~Londonderry~Doire. How did we lose so much of our lead in such a short time? Many theories abound. A sail spotted on the horizon caused a discussion - could it really be a Clipper Race yacht - surely its going the other direction (North)? Well - you can imagine the mood when the updates came in - from a 30+ mile lead to just 6.
But we have paid the price for our determination. There are chafing issues abound on spinnaker halyards and tack line. These are being managed but will require very careful husbanding if they are to see us through to Rio.
We also have a bulkhead leak watch. Six buckets every four hours seems to be the current rate. A nuisance rather than a concern but something we are very aware of.
We have kept the same rig of full main and Code 3 for the full day of trade-like winds F3-4 N-NE and fluffy white clouds and are only planning to change now as the wind builds towards 30 kts NE approaching Cape Finnisterre on the NW corner of Spain. We will be poling out the 3 Yankee for an easier night and marking the end of the crossing of Biscay.