by Emily Caroe
Transat B to B solo race back from St Barthélemy to Lorient in Brittany is now in its second week. Fast downwind running conditions for Mike Golding on Gamesa this morning, 300 miles NW of the Azores, as the British skipper still lies fifth.
Gamesa - Transat B to B 2011
'We are charging along downwind, we are back up to full main and gennaker and it really is OK at the moment, conditions have been pretty up and down between 22 and 30 kts but then you go through a spell of gusts of 35-36kts and that gets a bit more difficult. It does feel like you can never be on the right sail plan for long, it is hard to find the balance. So it is reasonably OK, there is nothing horrendous on the most recent GRIB [weather] files which have come in, but so far I have not looked at it very closely.
'I don’t feel like there was anything compromised for me due to the safety gate, not really. I certainly had a wobble. I guess it was a combination of things, I was tired and you are focused on doing one thing. And then you see Virbac Paprec 3 spearing across the course to the south east and wonder what is going on, so I was confused.
'I put the bow down 20 degrees, got some sleep, and that was the right thing to do. I might be a little more south than I wanted, but it’ll work out. It is pretty steady at the moment, nothing much to say, no dramas, long may it continue!'
Mike Golding website