by Kelly Russell
Now less than 900 miles from the finish line in Costa Rica, Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson are continuing to race Aviva hard in the Transat Jacques Vabre.
Overnight, the British duo successfully stayed with the middle of the fleet, within 37 miles of Veolia Environnement. Caffari and Thompson will continue to focus on clawing back as many miles as possible whilst maintaining their lead over Akena Verandas.
At 10h00 Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson, onboard Aviva, were in seventh place, 33 miles behind Veolia Environnement in sixth. Open 60 race winner Safran successfully completed the course at 08h52 GMT this morning.
Dee Caffari and Brian Thompson’s latest diary entry received on 24 November 2009 at 0739 GMT:
“Fast sailing has been full on for the last 24 hours. With our group all doing the same there really is no let up and I am beginning to feel exhausted. If we are not gybing on shifts then we are facing squalls at break neck speeds only to be fighting back up to speed afterwards. It is a great feeling to have broken the 1000 mile barrier but I just know this is where this race is just starting. Costa Rica here we come. Also just wanted to say what an awesome race the lead boats have had. Congratulations to them and I hope they enjoy their welcome drink and some rest and relaxation.”
Aviva Ocean Racing
Transat Jacques Vabre