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Race 3, Day 13

GREAT Britain - Simon Talbot

25 OCT 2013 - Race 3

The excitement grows here on board GREAT Britain as we have just come out of Stealth Mode. For those of you sitting at home waiting for Race Viewer to un-freeze, you can breathe easy as we have come out in a pretty good position compared to our nearest rivals, and this will hopefully set us up well for the final 36 or so hours that we have left until we reach Cape Town.

Right now, we are still some 300 miles from the finish and are tight reaching in 15 knots of wind from the south east. The wind is unusually fickle and seems to veer and back by nearly 30 degrees as we go through patches of warm and cold water, indicating that we may be traversing the outer eddies of the Benguela current (a cold oceanic current that runs around the bottom of Africa and up the coast, casting off huge eddies to seaward as it rounds the horn of Africa).

Spirits on board are very high and focus on boat speed is intense as we enter the final tense stages of this race, so for those friends and family coming out to meet us in Cape Town, prepare for some exhausted bodies upon our arrival!