Monday, July 6, 2009

I knew this was going to be a light air race but...

wow, is this light. We tried to work every puff to out advantage today but with little to show by way of progress to the finish. We're quite a bit South of the rhumb line with the hope that the forecasted S/SE breeze will lift us back toward Brazil Rock before the NE breeze fills in but it's so light out here that it might turn into a struggle. Those boats North of the rhumb line may fair slightly better. The race docs indicate that Noon on Thursday is the deadline to finish the race, although they may extend it if most of us are still out here.

We were hanging out in the cockpit this afternoon when I happened to glance over the stern and see a large whale 10 or 15 feet behind us just slowly following us! Those guys can really sneak up on you. Later we saw a full sized right whale at the surface and got a good look at him through the binoculars.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Guys.... Off Sable I see... You're almost there now... Amazing how this race turned into a beat after such a great start and then having hit the brakes with no breeze. You have the inside,(furthest east) but I think Rhapsody may have you at this point. As of 8:30 am this morning, she's 3.62 miles ahead of you... Pedal faster!