Aloha, Here are the standings we were emailed this morning:
A Coral Reef Sailing Apparel (ToT A/B) 07/09 11:15
We are taking a much lower course than the other boats. They are all currently on a shorter course to the finish line than us. My hope is that in a few days when the wind clocks aft, we will get a lift to a good line to Hawaii, and set the kite with an angle of about 165-170, and the higher boats will get lifted to a course higher than Hawaii increasing the distance they need to sail, forcing them to go way north before they jibe.
It is also interesting that Bombora is 4th overall, we are 10th overall, and there are only 7 minutes between us. That means there are 5 boats between us in those 7 minutes. A very competitive race. Only time will tell. Winds the past two days have been very light. We have mostly been on a beam reach, but with gusts and lows from all directions. Very tough to sail in.
About midday yesterday we caught a small tuna. John made some delicious fish tacos with coleslaw beans and salsa. While pulling in the tuna I found we were dragging a blue line that I did not recognize. We walked the deck and no lines were missing or over. I could grab it with a boat hook but it was caught tight on something. We were concerned that as it was, we could not start our engine and motor to port after the finish, and because winds were so light we decided to stop and I swam on it. It turned out that we stowed our fenders in the propane locker, and one of the whips was pulled out the vent at the bottom of the locker. A knot in the line was also pulled through, so I had to cut the line.
I spend about 2 hours per day on the computer, downloading gribs and weather faxes, studying different routes and options. It is something I am not good at, but find it to be very fun. It adds a whole new dimension to sailboat racing. The skipper of Green Buffalo has sailed this race many times, and is much better at it than I am. It is interesting he took such a different course. I did look at that course, and for Eliana, I would have been sailing much faster, but after being headed north (which I expect to happen to them) it would have only been 20 minutes faster than our chosen coarse. It seemed a better gamble to take the course with the slower boat speeds, and have more opportunity to sail faster, than the faster course, already be near hull speed and have more opportunity to sail slower.
I have to say that I am very pleased with the Morgan. It sails so nice, if not very fast, handled 35 knot winds the first day and night wonderfully, and we have had only one failure so far. After 5 big men sharing a single head for 5 days, healing hard for most of that, the seat broke off. If that is the only failure after a 2000nm race I will be very happy.