Boogie van den Boogard, Starchaser, Wed 18:40 G
Blog 4 - As the wind blows.....or not
What can we say; where yesterday we were rounding islands like there was no tomorrow, today we haven't rounded any yet!
First reason being that the leg we're on (St Barths to Guadeloupe) is the longest one in the race! But also because, with the rounding point of the islands almost in view, we've sailed ourselves into a bit of a wind hole on the SW corner of Guadeloupe, despite our best efforts to avoid it.
Spirits are still high though and both watches are on deck, hiking out on the low side to get the boat moving again.
And as I write this, we have more than tripled our speed!
Not quite as exciting as it sounds though as going from less then 1 to 3 knots, still doesn't see us moving very fast. But at least we're moving again!
Few more miles before we round Les Saintes and start our beat to La Desirade and then it's only 3 more legs until the Beer waypoint!
‘This race has had it all for us', says Boogie, our skipper, 'we've had lots of wind, no wind, big seas, flat seas, rain and sunshine. Our crew and Star Chaser are all enjoying every part of it and we are working very hard to keep the boat racing as fast as we can. When we are doing 8.5, almost 10 knots going to windward, you forget about getting soaked on the foredeck and just enjoy the ride!'
You gotta love offshore racing in the Caribbean!