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Race 8 Day 23

OneDLL - Olly Cotterell

04 FEB 2014 - Race 8

Good morning OneDLL fans and welcome to sailing day 23. Well last night was not too kind to us again and we lost miles to the front runners that we had made up in the day. We went for about five hours with 1 knot of wind. Still the breeze filled in and we were cruising under the guidance of ‘Penelope’, our light weight spinnaker again. Penelope has probably seen more use this leg than in the entire rest of the race!

About an hour ago the wind started to get up so we changed to ‘Havoc’ our medium weight spinnaker. We are currently averaging around 11 knots straight towards the finish on a beam reach. These were the conditions I was hoping for. There is hardly any distance between the yachts in terms of DTF (Distance to finish) and at the last schedule we were fourth. Well we are making cracking progress now; I don't think we have seen VMG's (Velocity Made Good) like this since going up the coast of Australia. The question is, is it too little too late to get a podium? Well we will know if the wind holds in for about eight hours when we should have crossed the finish line.

Currently Havoc (our medium weight spinnaker) is up and we have about 15 knots of apparent wind. This is a bit nerve racking as…

 A) Havoc has, erm... had lots of surgery and (B) we are running on a small tack shackle the loads on it will be large! Still we are doing the best we can with what we have I just won’t be sleeping!

Well I am going to get back to the deck now…

"The best way to predict the future is to create it" Abraham Lincoln

Until Tomorrow

3, 2, OneDLL