Skipper Xabi Fernández © Maria Muiña I MAPFRE

Another tough start of leg for us. Right now we are fighting hard again to keep some options open for the future but we have had very bad last two days.

After gybing after the first night, we never found the breeze we were aiming to per forecasted and the true is the group in the south did a much better job sailing the strong breeze for longer and then probably see what happens and it worked very good for them as we can see now.

We were happy when we gybed as it was the plan we had even before the start, hoping to get the northerly winds earlier after a transition but what happened was we had a very slow transition to get to the north winds and by then the four boats in the south had travelled a lot to the ESE.

We are now slowly getting good speeds and our hopes are now in the ridge we will have before Ireland expecting a big compression again. I guess the only thing we can do now is to push the boat as much as possible and then wait for the compression to happen.

The conditions are perfect now, 25 to 30 knots of TWS and going downwind averaging around 24 knots of BS so there is not much more we can ask for. The sea temperature is much better now, around 14 degrees. Last night during the ice limit we had 0 degrees for a while and we spent most of the night with waters between 3 and 6 degrees.

Everyone is ok on board and pushing hard.

Best regards,

Xabi