'I thought you had packed the food?'

Sharp and Krizek on half rations already but up to 4th in Transat AG2R

Friday May 2nd 2008, Author: Phil Sharp, Location: United Kingdom
Friday 2nd May 2008
Phil Sharp and David Krizek onboard ‘Atlantick FT’
Day 12 of the AG2R race from Concarneau to St Barth, West Indies
Time of position: 0500 GMT
Latitude: 31 28.00' N Longitude: 33 05.34' W
Average Speed: 5.6 knots
Miles to go: 1809.7 miles
Fleet position: 4th out of 26 starters
Miles Behind Leader: 30.4

Sharp reports:

“We are OK but slogging it out upwind. Everything is getting harder and to be honest a lot less enjoyable! But it’s all good really.. We are in fourth, which is cool – it really helps when you can smell a result. It is keeping us going. The weather is looking really unattractive for the next 5 days its non-stop upwind, so not the usual conditions for crossing the Atlantic. It could be a race of attrition in these monotonous conditions, but we’re staying focussed and on the pace.

Our biggest worry, is that we are really running low on food so we are really hungry. We’ve got lots of snacks like nuts and saucisson, but not enough meals. The problem with double-handed sailing, is that it’s easy to think the other person has done the packing! Plus its going to be a much longer race than we thought, we’ve still got another 12-13 days to go – may get in on the 14th May…so we are down to half rations…

So the upside is that the sun is out and we’re happy to be in 4th. It is great to be focussing on the leader rather than 13th/14th place as we were a week ago. We really want to get into the top 3 now. We’re in the same weather system as the leader which is good. Its all a lottery and will depend on who gets into the trade winds first, all very unpredictable and all to play for. Our route definitely wasn’t the most comfortable, but will hopefully be the fastest. We’ll be in and out of depressions for the next few days, that’s for sure.

So all in all, competitively we’re feeling confident and motivated, but feeling quite sick from hunger and pretty tired. I’ve had an hour and a half sleep in the last day as we’re banging along which means your head keeps falling out of the bunk.

I checked the decks for squid this morning and promise that the first thing that lands on deck will be cooked! I didn’t cook the squid the other day as I was too tired to cook it, but I was so hungry that I just had to eat it straight away. I look forward to trying the flying fish in the Trades, which the French sailors love – but then they will eat anything!

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