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Race 2 - Day 25

Derry~Londonderry~Doire - John Gray

03 OCT 2013 - Race 2

Yo. We have just completed over 24 hour spinnaker sailing - the first since way before the Doldrums.  There was not a little consternation in the crew with regards to helming skills as it had been a while since we unfettered the beastie...

Night time sailing was largely straight forward - if a little dark.  Watching and concentrating on markers on the sail for an hour or more with very little light is wearing.  Although the stars were fantastic.

With such a concentrated effort during the night, the hopes were high for good news with respect to our two main and closest rivals Henri Lloyd and OneDLL - but alas - we had slipped a mile or two to each of them - (mutter).

Right - action needed - with renewed determination to gain miles, the morning watch managed a close the gap. On the afternoon watch a plan was concerted to improve spinnaker helming skills through tuition from Skipper Sean and yours truly.

At the evening sched - the news we had been hoping for - the gap was closing.  Woo hoo.  And we had heightened are crew helming expertise as well.  With a top class dinner of Shepherds Pie delivered by Michelle and Conor the day ended on a high note - and another dark night of spinnaker action under a new moon in prospect.

The Derry~Londonderry~Doire team are definitely still in the game....

John