All is going well aboard Imerys and we are now out of the St Lawrence River and charging towards our next mark – the island of St Pierre, off the south coast of Newfoundland and some 250 miles away. As I write this, Milan is at the helm and has just seen a whale surface just 20m in front of the boat. A little too close for comfort!
I have to say it is a good feeling to be heading East and escaping the clutches of the river. It made for some very challenging and rewarding sailing but never gave us a moments peace – the wind was always changing and we were almost always having to either change sails, tack, or gybe, which makes rest very difficult.
With a low crew number of three, the minimum for this race, we were fairly exhausted come last night and have been sleeping quite a bit today, and are now feeling more relaxed. Yesterday afternoon we must have made something like 30 gybes to stay far inshore to play the accelerated breeze. This takes its toll and now there is time to actually get some consistent cups of tea in, and get enough food down!