“It was a relief at the end of the day to bear away at Lizard Point. We hoisted the gennaker and then extended our lead. We knew this point would be a game changer and we’d have to be on form to face the new fast conditions, so we made sure we were rested enough.
“We pushed really hard through the night up to Tuskar Rock. The conditions were similar to the Quebec St Malo sprint, with strong winds and surfing down waves. The only difference was the dull weather! This morning we were surprised to see no boats around us. Life was so full on during the night that we didn’t have the time to download the positions until a few hours ago – so it was a big surprise to see how far we had pulled ahead.
“Heading towards Fastnet Rock now, we’re expecting a lot of upwind, and a lot of tacking. So we are getting back into the rhythm of upwind head-banging and will be trying our best to seek out some good tactical advantages to keep our lead.
“Common question on board: why aren’t we racing in the Caribbean?”
Keep your mind on the job, fellas, so you stay Normandy Channel Race leaders, we’ll be watching you from Islay, via the tracker!