MIDDAY BOAT REPORTS
“Last leg of the Sydney to Auckland – it’s neck and neck! But still time for some gourmet dinner”
“Arriving at Cape Reinga at sunrise this morning, Mayfair has been fighting tooth and nail for every mile in hopes of closing the gap to current IRC projected leader, Frantic.
Mayfair crossed Expedition Bay at speeds up to 19 knots, and are still flat out on approach to Piercy Island.
Plenty of photos and videos to come once 4g reception is restored.”
“The Frantic team is busy racing Antipodes to the top of NZ at the moment. The grinders have been getting plenty of action! Butter chicken was on the menu last night to help restore the energy levels. They have Antipodes in sight and are working hard to keep the pressure on and are enjoying the great racing.”
Latest update: “Chased down Antipodes in the afternoon yesterday making good progress and we were within yards of them at one point.
“Day 5 on Painkiller is proving to be another light airs float-fest ahead of a predicted northerly that’s supposed to deliver a very welcome 20 knots, and slingshot us to Cape Reinga. Fortunately, the frustration associated with crawling our way across our second major wind hole of the trip, is mitigated by the excellent menu, pre-prepared by Andrew Byrne of Rumlime Catering. Andrew has produced the equivalent of 180 individual meals, pre-cooked then vacuum packed into larger portions, for each night’s dinner. The fare is hearty and especially delicious, as we sit down at the conclusion of a long day’s sailing. He’s also supplemented that with easy lunches, such as gourmet sausage rolls. Good food is vital to crew morale, and for the energy required for sail changes and the many physical tasks required to keep Painkiller trucking toward Auckland. We’ve been closely studying the latest weather file, and the EC model has us finishing late on Monday in this truly amazing race.”
“All good on Intiy with things livening up again as we plan our approach to Cape Reinga.
Yesterday, last night, and this morning were veeerrry slow, as the high pressure sat over us. Good opportunity to have a bit of a check up on everything. The turn right is now starting, heralding the next front, and we are planning to gybe by the end of the day or early night to look at our Cape Reinga waypoint. It will be interesting to rediscover the port side of the boat!
The Radix Nutrition rations are very successful.
Talk to you tomorrow, Marc” [Depret]