LG Flatron diary - day 3

Andrew McGrath in the high pressure zone

Tuesday May 15th 2001, Author: Andrew Mcgrath, Location: United Kingdom
The weather could not be more different from our last leg from Sydney to Cape Town. In that leg by this time we were being hit by a 'Southerly Buster' off the Bass Strait. Today we have glorious sunshine and a flat boat.
I am on mother watch today so I| am appreciating the calm conditions. On deck with very little wind I am not exactly missing the most exciting sailing of the trip. We are in fourth place, 20 miles behind the leading boat Quadstone. We can see third placed Logica off our port beam about 5 miles away.

As we left Cape Town our plan was to get North early. There was more breeze to the west but so was a developing high pressure system we wanted to avoid. Unfortunately we are now caught in the high pressure, but the rest of the fleet is too. We have never stopped moving. Concentrating on every aspect of boat speed mostly flying the 0.75 lightweight spinnaker.

This leg of the race is crucial to LG Flatron. If we can beat Compaq and finish in the top six then we have won overall without needing a result from the last leg from La Rochelle to Southampton. As ever only the best would be good enough for us and we will have no excuses for not coming up with the goods.

All the best Andrew

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