Alex Thomson: Welcome starboard gybe

Alex Thomson: Welcome starboard gybe

Monday December 17 2012 Author: Alex Thomson Hugo Boss Location: none selected

The wind is light this morning and will go lighter as I sail into what is left of the ex cyclone Claudia and line up for the next system which will arrive quickly.

The route back to the south looks good and although complicated with a few manoeuvres the weather models agree and that gives me some confidence.

Currently I am on starboard but will go back onto port in a few hours and eventually I will be on starboard for a few days. I have hardly spent any time on starboard in the whole race and I will be happy as that is the side that my hydro is working and I could do with saving some fuel. Starboard will mean a drop in temperature but I guess I am due that having had a fairly warm Indian Ocean crossing.

The lighter conditions have given me another chance to cast an eye over the boat and try to find any potential problems. Happy to report that there does not seem to be any.
Its good for me to have another boat close by, it would feel a bit lonely up here on my own! Also to match speeds although Bernard’s boat is a little faster than mine it gives me a good benchmark to try and achieve.

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