Thursday, February 23, 2012
55 miles to go – and the beers are ready and waiting!
Scarlet has had another great day of champagne sailing round the Island of Antigua and chasing the best time possible. She is currently leading the CSA class and the IRC Class 2, and is second in the IRC overall championships. No news from the boat today but they must be very busy having the times of their lives! The weather currently is perfect: blue skies, azure seas, stiff breeze from the right direction, and beers already ordered, waiting at the bar!
Scarlet is heading towards the last mark of the course called Redonda at over 9 knots, and is now some 13 miles ahead of Smile and Wave. Once rounding Redonda, Scarlet will then be beating again towards the finish line, which means she will have to take a longer course as she can’t sail a direct route. At the moment, I believe her estimated time over the line should be in about 9 hours time which is 2.30am Friday GMT/UTC and 10.30pm Antiguan time..... yet again, another Sailing Logic yacht will finish a major offshore race in the dark! It always happens!
News from the fleet today is that there has been 5 retirements to date, everyone ok, mainly mechanical failures and problems. Next yacht to finish will be Uxorious IV, a British 62 foot Swan, well done to them!
Another update to follow this evening....