50 miles to the finish of the Global Ocean Race! It is 18H00 Z and we are sailing through our last front. There is drizzle and it is icy cold on deck.
Today we climbed up on to the continental shelf watching out for fishing vessels. We have seen a few but not as many as we thought we might see.
The gennaker that we had had up all night filled and powered us along.
After lunch Nick dropped the gennaker in the pouring rain as the wind had increased. An hour or so later the wind eased off and we wallowed down the waves in very light winds with the swell pushing us around and rolling the boat.
It was not long and the wind filled in again and the sky started to get darker as the front approached us. We passed between two fishing boats and the radar started to get covered in yellow and blue speckles. On the radar you can clearly see the front coming with a line of yellow speckles that indicates the rain and the wind shift. We were humming a long at 11 knots directly towards the finish line. We decided to put a reef in as it looked very windy on the water. The rain came down once more and the boat picked up speed. We continued to reach across Biscay towards Les Sables and the finish. We have both tanks full of water and the boat is sitting comfortably on 10 to 12 knots. The sea is moderate and every now and again we pick up a wave and the boat hums along at 14 knots. This is probably some of the best flat water surfing we have had in a long time! Fast and Easy! We continue to reach across Biscay towards Les Sables and the finish of the Global Ocean Race.
We hope to finish at about midnight Zulu which will be 02H00 French time.
We have our flares ready for when we cross the line…. more to follow once we have had some sleep ashore!…