It was a fine day for Caribbean yachting today - blue sky, good wind and not too hot. Fortunately for us, the wind was a bit stronger the further back in the pack you were, so we made some solid gains on both Groupama and the leaders. As of the latest weather grib file the west is looking best. The high pressure that we’ve been worried about for days now has begun to settle further south then we had originally expected. Therefore our projected course lands us in drifting conditions in roughly twelve hours.
Groupama seems to have made their call to head more south and west. Currently we have split the island of West Caicos with them, us to the North and the French to the south. However there is still a possibility that we will gybe southwest after passing the island and search for better wind and a better route through the Bahamian Islands. “Firstly, we want to keep all the crew playing nicely with each other. Next, we will look for any light and variable conditions and try to get west. It’s important that we look big picture, but we must be conscious of how our immediate conditions can help us” explains Jules Salter.
Keeping the crew playing nicely however, might be the more difficult task of the two. Our day bags have now officially run out, and we are now running on rations. “We have plenty of freeze-dried meals for the next few days. Snacks will be a bit light on, so tempers will definitely flare. As long as we are not drifting we should be just fine. But if the wind does decide to drop out, I suspect things will get very interesting onboard” explains Rob Greenhalgh.