Boogie van den Boogard, Starchaser, Thu 16:19 GMT
Full speed ahead!
After having worked our way out of our wind hole yesterday afternoon, taking us a sorely missed 2.5 hours, we charged ahead, rounding Iles des Saintes at sunset. Hard on the wind, but making good speed again, we worked our way up to La Desirade with some very good work from our helmsmen, squeezing us past lay lines while keeping up speed.
We haven't seen any other boats in the race for a while; although we're not the smallest boat in the fleet, we are the smallest Swan out of the 9 Swans racing. Not very often these days we get to be the smallest at 51 feet!
Early this morning we rounded La Desirade, meaning we could crack off and go for it!
We're charging ahead at the moment with boat speed ranging from 9 to 10.5, 11 knots, some great weather and even greater mood on the boat.
We can see Antigua lying tantalisingly close to port.... thoughts are starting to stray to the taste of the first beer... probably midnight or very early hours in the morning... 118 nm to go before that and we're still working hard to go fast, fast, fast.