lat 35 52.4
long 021 01 68e
It has been an eventfull 24 hours for Goldcoast Australia as we rounded
Cape of Good Hope and resumed our course to Australia. A High pressure
system that seems to be following us from Rio is blocking our path from
the westerly winds in the southern ocean and acted like a trap for us as
we had no choice but to sail right into it rather than risk the big waves
and currents on the Agulhas bank.
While the boat seems rather busy now with 18 crew onboard sometimes on
deck it seems rather barren and I must question where all the people are,
Still to run a yacht there are many things to do and people are always
busy just keeping the boat running.
Yesterday we spent much of the day drifting around making little ground
towards our destination as we tusseled for first place with Quindaou and
Geralton only to watch the pack in the middle of the fleet close the gap.
Overnight we had a fantastic light weight spinnaker run overnight towards
the east making good speed and we thought we would have made substantial
grounds on the other leading boats only to find that they have also had
good winds and have caught up. For this we must work harder.