Sean McCarter - Derry~Londonderry~Doire
It was a frustrating day yesterday watching the fleet eat away at our hard earned lead. We ended up pulling off an epic mid English Channel anchor to prevent us being flushed east with the tide. We lifted 145metres of anchor warp and chain as soon as the breeze began to fill, bore away and hoisted the Light Weight Spinnaker all in under 20minutes, which is very impressive crew work at such an early stage.
Although we have sunk back into the leading group, I think we got the jump on some of the other boats early this morning by going back to the Light Weight Spinnaker from the Yankee 1. We are now moving through the group at 5.7 Knots while others are still punching tide with Yankees at 2.2 knots. We are about 21 miles north east of Alderney. At this rate, the tidal race will just be turning in our favour for a quick passage between it and mainland France, watch this space.