Day 3 of Leg 1, Sept 21st 2015:
We are still in the Bay of Biscay, heading towards the northwestern tip of Spain: Cap Finisterre.
I don’t remember much about this day to be honest. A sledgeride with the Code5 in growing winds and waves, skies and water grey. It’s nice to see from the logbook entries how the pressure drops and wind and cloud coverage are rising. At about 5pm the second cold front hits us and it is a more proper one than the weak front we had the day before. The wind picked up ahead of the front, allowing me some quick hours with the Code5 (small and flat storm spinnaker).
Behind the front I am sailing upwind into the night.
This was also the day that excited some people since I was ranked 3rd overall for a brief period of time. As visible from the picture, this was due to the fact that I had not invested as much into going west as most of the fleet, meaning I was closer to the direct route.
In the following 24 hours though, the boats in the west would have a better wind angle and neutralize or even turn their 30nm lag (north/south) into a 10nm lead.
|W 5kn||0.5m||1/8 Cn||1019.6||N47°04.9 / W006°44.5||Main + Solent||192||5.5kn|
|SW 6kn||0.5m||5/8 Sc||1018.2||N46°50.9 / W006°42.7||Main + Solent||185||5.7kn|
|WSW 6kn||1m||4/8 Cn/Sc||1017.5||N46°36.3 / W006°43.1||Main + Solent||198||5.2kn|
|WSW 12-14kn||1.5m||5/8 Cn/Sc||1016.4||N46°01.0 / W006°50.9||Main + Solent||190||6.5kn|
|NW 16kn||2-3m||7/8 Cn/Sc||n/a||N45°22.4 / W007°21.0||Main(-) + Solent||212||7.0kn|
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