Alex Thomson: Up to third place

Alex Thomson: Up to third place

Friday January 11 2013 Author: Alex Thomson Hugo Boss Location: none selected

I moved up into third last night when my routing a lot further to the west of the other three in this lead group paid off. It is a great feeling to be in third especially at this stage of the race, but there are still over 5,000 miles to go so I need to stay focused on my own race and not get distracted too much by the potential excitement of a podium finish. My aim coming into this race, and my aim until the very end is to finish. Anything else will be an amazing bonus.

My route is not what you would call standard. It is to the western side of the near permanent front that extends from Rio to the southeast and there are advantages and some risks. The advantages are that when I cross the front I will be close to the centre of a small low, which hopefully means I won’t get trapped in light winds for very long. Within 36 hours of me passing the front the wind is forecast to shift from the NNE to the ENE which should allow me to tack and head north so essentially I will be sailing a shorter route than the three in front.

The disadvantages are that the models are not very good at predicting the wind close to the front so it is very possible that I will see a period of little wind as I cross it. Having punched out a long way to the east the front three boats will have a better wind angle to the doldrums and will be able to go faster. But for me the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

I've successfully repaired and reattached the broken hydrogenerator. The new bracket is made from carbon/nomex panel and 6mm solid carbon C-plate. The c-plate is carried as general spares and the panel was part of my navigation seat, which is also my bed. I was a bit worried about it, but it was always part of the spares list and my bed is still okay!

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