LAT 26 11.5N
LONG 113 54.4
ETA 13 May 12
WEATHER WIND 315@15-20kts, Sea Slight, Swell NW 1m, Cloud 2/8 StCl, Baro 1017
Gold Coast Australia began the day with good wind from the NW that gradually eased through out the day. The tactical decision was made to head closer into the coast in search of wind and as we sailed higher angles to the rest of the fleet we were making good speed to the east. Gold Coast Australia passed 13nm astern of De Lage Landen around midday and continued to the east while DLL sailed to the south towards the scoring gate.
The fleet is still very tight, with only 40nm separating first and last position, and nearly everybody in VHF range. This is possibly the closest race of the series so far and everybody is sailing extremely well in the beautiful sailing conditions.
While the wind has not backed as I was hoping it to, we now have good winds to take us down the coast and hopefully the fruits of our tactics will ripen over the next few days.