by Fernando Echávarri (skipper)
We have started moving which I think is the news of the day. After being stuck for near 20 hours making speeds below two knots, it is a pleasure reaching with 11 knots of boat speed.
This leg start is much worse that we expected when we left Rio. Looks like we are going to have a big delay arriving to Fernando the Noronha, perhaps two or three days later than the models showed when we left Rio.
Early this morning we received an email from Yiyo, our physical trainer. It looks like Miguelito (Mike Pammenter) did not have a fracture to his ankle, which is great. Anyway it will take some time to recover. Not to have Mike on board is going to be especially hard, one less crew member working hard and missing a friend.
Everything else is going well onboard, everybody quite motivated, right now we are sailing close to both Ericssons and PUMA which gives an extra effort from the crew.
Our new media crew member, Anton Paz, is getting used to the life onboard, he had to work hard to prepare himself for this position and I am sure he will make a superb job.
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