Crew member of GBR7236R Ran
We are out into the Irish Sea and beating in 20 knots towards the Fastnet Rock. At last it has stopped raining and we are enjoying some broken sunshine as we bang and crash upwind in a decent seaway.
Just had the first proper sleep since the start and although only a couple of hours long it's amazing how well it recharges the batteries.
Boats like Ran make these 600 mile races feel like a sprint and the various headlands and turning marks seem to get reeled off very quickly even upwind.
It looks likely we will round the 'Rock' in the hours of darkness tonight. Most of us have rounded it many times in our careers but we have a few for whom it will be a first.
We are hanging on to a small lead in the overall standings at present but it doesn't mean too much at this stage. Plenty more golf left in this hole!