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Northern Child's ARC Blog Day 6 – No Showers

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We’ve had lighter winds for the last few days; a welcome break from the intense start. The wind has been between 8 and 15 knots so we are averaging about 6 knots boat speed. We travelled 145 nautical miles from noon yesterday to noon today. We are heading south west with the idea of getting into a band of stronger breeze to the south and then turning west. Some of the fleet have stayed further north or sailed the rhum line so it will be interesting to see how the tactics play out.

We have had a few squalls including one torrential rain shower that did not quite reach the boat, leaving two of the crew covered in shower gel and looking quite disappointed. The crew are getting to grips with the spinnaker now. There is constant hoisting, dropping, packing, re-hoisting and trimming to be done.

We have caught no fish as yet, but it is early days.

We are looking forward to getting back into stronger breeze.

James

NB. The Rhum Line is the shortest distance from the start to the finish, and in this case takes a ‘Great Circle’ route.

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