by Guy Salter
We are experiencing a little difference in wind from forecast to what we actually have - and for once, it is in our favour.
Flying along in flat water at 20kts is a great feeling and these boats quickly remind you of just how aggressive they can be. Even in 5knots of wind, we can see the speed up to 10kts, and now in 17 knots we are low 20s and high teens constantly.
It’s easy to get complacent about how many miles these boats quickly eat up and spit out. We have seen more current than expected as it flows between the Maldives 200nm to our left. What awaits us up the coast of India is anyone’s guess, and there is a chance that we will be playing close to the shore as, if the predicted light winds appear, then we will need the local land and sea breezes to get us to Cochin, hopefully in 1st place.
We have put a lot of miles on the rest of the fleet in the past 2 days, but could easily see this all vanish under one cloud. In the last 20 hrs our ETA has changed by more than 2 days, so as far as knowing when we will finish – that’s anyone's guess.
Ericsson Racing Team
Volvo Ocean Race