by Simon Fisher - navigator
It seems to be a dangerous strip of highway we are on today. We had a very near miss with a very nasty looking log covered in barnacles and metal and all sorts of other things that would be perfect for removing appendages.
After a quick breath of relief and some joking about how we may have found ourselves in the Porcao restaurant in Rio some months sooner than planned we had yet another near miss. This time it was something living. We couldn't make out properly what it was but judging by the hole it left in the water and the speed it went away it was pretty big and not best pleased to see us. We'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for the rest of the afternoon!!
Despite the various obstacles in our path (including more clouds - but this time good ones with nice pressure and a quick chance of a shower), things are going OK. We seem to be connected by a rather long piece of elastic to the guys in front. They spent a bit of last night stretching it out but hopefully the slack is about to take up again and we should see the miles between us decrease. Fingers crossed...
There is not too much to complain about really, the sun is out, we have good breeze and we are going well. Obviously we are still aching to be higher up the rankings but hopefully with a little time and an awful lot of hard work that will come.
Cheers, until tomorrow,
Volvo Ocean Race