A tack to the south today has put Mike Golding in good spirits as he continues to keep ECOVER going at best speed through difficult squally conditions. He reported today that he has seen winds down to 10 knots but up to 35 knots as the squalls hit.

Mike had lost a few miles to Bernard Stamm whose advantage is still about 500 miles and despite claiming to be looking over his shoulder Kojiro Shiraishi regained 20 miles on Mike, but these losses are as much about relative angles to the course as boat speed or tactical gains and losses. As Mike reported this afternoon:

“I am trucking south at the moment, we have been seeing a bit of compression with me being conservative. I am hoping that as I hit the wind-shift first then I should be able to see me able to extend a little bit on Alex.”

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