LAT 23 38.3N
LONG 112 21.3W
ETA 13 May 12
WEATHER WIND 337@12-14kts, Sea Slight, Swell NW 1m, Cloud 2/8 Cl, Baro 1017
As I write I am overcoming a some type of mild sickness that struck me this afternoon. Weather is it was exhaustion, too much sun or something that I ate but a brief stint in my bunk to sweat it off seems to have worked wonders, and I am now feeling 80% again.
After a bold move yesterday so sail closer to the shore than any other yacht in the fleet resulted in our position (in relation to Cabo Falso) being last by 70nm – though in actual fact distance to finish is less than the other boats. The crew worked well today and sailed the boat very well in the light conditions trying to increase our situation on the leader board. By midday we were back to 4th place and only 20nm behind – Though Im not sure if there is a problem with the tracking system or not.
Today we maintained our position as most easterly yacht in the fleet and will no doubt get some terrestrial wind tomorrow throughout the day. The wild life close to the Mexican coast is amazing and today we have seen numerous groups of dolphin, a turtle, a pod of whales, flying fish, squid and schools of large palaguic fish. All of these beautiful animals have provided hours of entertainment for us today.
As we approached the scoring gate it appeared to be already full with De Large Landen, Qingdao and Welcome to Yorkshire all about to cross the gate. A vote was made on-board to dis-regard the gate and sail our own course looking at the bigger picture and the final result and it will be interesting to view the results over the next few days to see if our inshore tactics pay off.