It is 12.00
am on May 8. We have been sailing for exactly 24 hours and covered exactly 200 nautical
miles. We started the race with a very shrewd starting maneuver in the tradition
of late Soling sailor boat captain Dietrich Carl Georg Howaldt with a tack
around the can. We crossed the starting line as the third ship and have had
fair winds. We passed the western hook of Anguilla and thereafter made direct course
to Bermuda with a bearing of 355°.
subsequently made good speed beam reaching in easterly trades with a wind of 15
knots and boat speed of 8-9 knots, moderate sea state with 1,5 - 2m.
On the fishing
front we had some highly interesting experience. We made good use of the first
12 hours on board with half of our crew feeding the fish. This sacrifice was rewarded
today when sighted a 2m Blue Marlin jumping three times near Dumia.