Team Blog – Nick Dana– 3rd May 2012

Thursday, 03 May 2012 | by ADOR

We are just managing to hold on to our distance from the leaders. Although over the last two scheds we have been leaking miles, we were able to make a few up during the early hours of the night. “Groupama is still our target at the moment. We will try and stem the losses to the lead pack as best we can, but we are concentrated on staying tight with Groupama” explains Rob Greenhalgh. Over the last 4 hours we have averaged around 20 – 21 knots of boat speed and have been on a slightly lower heading then the French. Our next waypoint is the Island of Antigua, which roughly bears 335 at a range of 550 miles. Trinidad and Tobago lie directly west of us on nearly the same latitude roughly 360 miles away.

Today was a positive day in our food management program. We managed to put aside yet another meal (a good one for a change) and complete freeze-dried rationing that will see us happily through Thursday of next week. Now each day I will continue to put aside a few bars and half a daily nut ration for the extended days. Everyone seems comfortable enough with this plan for the time being.

Power wise, we looked to be just fine. Bubs dipped the fuel tank earlier and we should have enough to last us until Tuesday without conserving power, and Thursday if we do ration power. Now all we need is the Bermuda high-pressure system to cooperate and move further north. This will allow light easterly trades through the Bahamian Islands and will shave off a day or so of wallowing in sub 10 knots drifting conditions.

“We know that there will be a park up at some point in the Caribbean. So it is up to us to be in the right place at the right time to make our gain on the fleet and / or Groupama.” Anthony Nossiter “Unfortunately the scheds haven’t been going our way for the last few hours, hopefully we can come good in the last few hours of this stronger breeze.” Adil Khalid

date: Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:44:48 (Arabian Standard Time, UTC+04:00)

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