Crew member on OMA139 Oman Sail
We are 8 hours from the Fastnet rock, heading upwind. Conditions are ok, of course upwind is never very comfortable, but the sea state and windspeed are ok. The wind direction is changing quite significantly, so it is important to choose the right route so you arrive at the mark rounding on the good windshift, you can make a significant gain on the others if you get it right. I am trying to get the latest weather info as they are quite accurate, and the latest one is always more precise than the previous one.
Yesterday evening, Sami came to me and said very quietly: "Sid, I think we have no more gas...". Well, I hope this will be a good experience to not forget again such an important detail. As you know, we eat exclusively dry food that needs to be rehydrated with boiling water.
Alex has managed to rehydrate some noodles, during 2 hours and leaving the box in the engine compartment to warm it a bit. We need to be creative in these kind of situations.
It is difficult to catch the boats in front, the boat speeds are very similar, and we are lacking a lit bit of extra gear in these conditions. Rounding the Fastnet rock, each boat will extend the distance on the chasing boat as we go from slow upwind to fast downwind. But we still have 24 hours racing and a lot can happen.
All right, the adventure goes on, talk soon.