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The solo sailing blog: We have arrived too early

Alex Thomson

alex2 300x225 The solo sailing blog: We have arrived too earlyHi everyone! All fine here onboard.

The first part of the night was incredibly quick and the later part was very slow, with lots of big clouds and fluctuating winds. It feels a little like the doldrums again!!

The lead group have to traverse an area of light wind that we have just got into before the highway to the south opens up. The difficulty is that we have arrived at this stage too early, which means that over the next couple of days we will haemorrhage miles to the group behind, who will approach the highway just as it opens.

It will be a shame to lose all those miles that I have banked and to be caught up by the chasing groups. The good thing is, however, that having a group of 7-8 boats all together in the south will be a lot of fun. It also provides us with a good security net, in case anything happens to one of us during this period.

All in all, it should be an eventful few days! I’m currently sitting in fourth so let’s hope I can hold onto my place in the leading group.

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