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Race 8 Day 23

Mission Performance - Matt Mitchell

04 FEB 2014 - Race 8

Morning all! It's been a bit of a stop and start 24 hours with lots of headsail changes, from windseeker to the medium weight spinnaker, as well as the reappearance of ‘Bruce’ our lightweight spinnaker. We are trying to eke out the best VMG (Velocity Made Good) while keeping a decent angle on the breeze as well as following the last steps of our plan tactically. Let’s see if it all pays off!

The forecast is set to build over the next day or so which means that the competition will be even tighter as we all get a steady sailing breeze.

We are starting to get things set up for our cruising phase in terms of all the maintenance tasks that require our attention, a change to the watch system is being made and we are going to be having a 'work day', of 9am to 5pm with everybody up and doing jobs, and then if the conditions allow, half of each watch gets a whole night of well-deserved rest for the first time since we left Brisbane.

Mission Performance...

Somewhere in the Philippine Sea...