At sea. Volvo Ocean race: Ericsson hoping to make gains nearer the Caribbean Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 April 2006
Steve Hayles – navigator:


Fantastic trade wind sailing conditions at present, which means fast boat speeds and a cooler boat which keeps everyone happy. The wind speed and angle will change very slowly over the next couple days and it will come down to who has the perfect sail combination at different times and who sails most effectively with their wardrobe.

Life onboard is now very pleasant, with daytime temperatures inside only getting to 30 degrees it’s much easier to sleep and although at 20 knots these boats throw around a fair bit of water on deck, conditions don't get any better than this.

The last thousand miles looks slower at times with lots of opportunities for gains and losses; just the sort of forecast we are after. We have been slowly chipping away at the two boats in front of us and we hope we are well placed to make some gains nearer the Caribbean.

All in all, there's not much to complain about if you didn't enjoy sailing a VO70 in the trade winds, you should definitely be doing another job.
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