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Race 3, Day 13

Derry~Londonderry~Doire - Sean McCarter

25 OCT 2013 - Race 3

Good Morning Sports Fans from Derry~Londonderry~Doire!

If all goes to plan, this should be the second last blog of this leg as we seem to have successfully punched through the high pressure ridge. The forecast breeze came in right on schedule like someone turning a switch. We have been gradually going down through the gears as the wind increases by means of headsail changes and even a reef. It's a nice change to blow the cobwebs off the Yankee sails after so long under the various asymmetric kites.

We are getting good speeds without the stress of 'living on the edge' that comes with flying the giant kites.

The nearer to Cape Town we get, the higher crew morale becomes. Floggings take a back seat from here on which leaves me with a lot of time to reflect. Performance wise, it's hard to ignore the hindsight of what cost us a few miles here and a few miles there. This is unhealthy to dwell on but useful to take into the coming legs. Overall, I am very proud of what the team has achieved and how far we have come since August. Our main objectives are safety, fun then performance so we are running close to 100 per cent on two out of three and with a few small tweaks, our consistent performance should get consistently better!

That's enough reflection! There are 350 miles left and valuable miles to be won or lost!

"It's not over 'til it's over", Arthur Knapp, 1979.