by Aksel Magdahl (navigator)
So I admit that it has been monotonous and not too exciting here lately. I did not think it could happen in this race, but it has happened, in part due to the monotonous, uncomfortable weather, and part due to our DTL - Distance To Leader - which has been huge on this leg compared with all the other legs. That again was due to starting later than the others, which was not fun even though it was a great achievement from Ericsson Racing Team, and we are very happy to have closed in a bit on the leaders. But what we really want is to get up there and match race with Ericsson 4 and Puma.
Which, as I write, we are getting really close to do.
It looks like an exciting week coming up, with very uncertain weather. We do have a game plan, but there are still a couple of very different alternatives possible. And it will only get better (or worse) - the area between the South Pacific Convergence Zone, around 10 degrees South, where we will be in a few days, looks very light and variable. This is certainly a part of the leg where we can not write off anyone with some separation.
Wind speed is dropping below five knots now so better get on deck to help hoisting the code zero! Anything can happen now.
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