Crew member on GBR1702T Scarlet Logic
Scarlet's co-Skipper Tim Thubron called in last night from the race to say
all is well onboard and all the crew are working hard and getting along very
well. Conditions are fantastic, but he says that it is too hot to sleep, so
they are all very tired. However, as I was listening to him talking, I am
sure I could hear the distinct noise of someone snoring in the background,
so at least someone is managing get forty winks!
As I left the tracker and headed off to bed late last night, Scarlet was in
a tussle with Class1 yacht Smile and Wave, the First 40. Scarlet have
managed to pull out a mile lead on them now which is great, as this has
pushed them up the rankings from 6th to 3rd overall, which is brilliant!
Ahead on them on handicap is RAN and Clem.
Scarlet is enjoying good reaching conditions at the moment as she heads down
towards the island of Guadeloupe. In the last 2 editions of the race, this
has been one of the trickier parts of the course, and there seems to be a
wind shadow on the far south western corner of the island, so tacticians
have to make the call whether to go offshore to keep the breeze and boat
speed but ultimately sail further, or keep inshore, accept that speed will
drop as the wind does, but sail a more direct course. The wind seems at the
moment to be between 5 and 8 knots difference between the inshore or the
offshore option. Most yachts to date have gone between 4 and 8 miles
offshore to keep the breeze, so it will be interesting to see what tactics
the rest of the fleet decide to use. The weather forecast is saying that
there is more breeze to come during today which will favour Scarlet; she
loves the wind, and excels in anything over 20 knots so fingers crossed!
The leading yacht on the water is Hetairos, the new 38 metre all mahogany
super-yacht, launched in July 2011, which has nearly back at Antigua, ready
for the final circuit of the island before the finishing line will be in