Crew member on GBR2091R Je Vante
Je Vante reports from 10 nm from the South West corner of the Wolf Rock TSS.
It has been the most amazing first 30hrs. We are the leading J109 by a whisper! Having spent almost all the time fully powered up in upwind mode. With 9 'heavies' on board we have spent most of the time on the rail fighting for every extra 0.1 of a knot to keep our good friends from the J109 Jibe at bay. We have changed places more than once and taken every opportunity to get the right track to be good tide and pressure at each major headland. Having the opportunity to occasionally download the leader tables on a mobile phone has been a bitter sweet and sometimes moral boosting moment. We look good in class 3 but then see we are 126th overall, then we find we are ahead of Ran on corrected time... Amazing but with just a third of the race done it is very early days. The next 24hrs to the Fastnet rock should shake out the final cobwebs and separate the men from the boys.
Our chant as the sun goes down is "ocean races are won and lost at night"
So wish us luck for the first night in the Irish Sea.
Lost over the side:
1 Black underwear garment
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