Very low winds were predicted at the start and there was much discussion
over whether to go east around the island or west. Start day dawned and
was the windiest day we have had in San Miguel! The fleet flew across the
line with sails reefed, we were double reefed, around a buoy at the end of the
bay (to give spectators something to see) and then off to England. The
first boats chose to head west which meant heading straight back through the
fleet towards the west of the island. Everybody followed. It must
have given the chap on the beach a wonderful spectacle.
Within two and a half hours we were west of the island and we headed as
north as possible given the northerly wind. However as the evening drew in
the wind died and we spent the night and all of today so far in 5 to 7 knots of
wind. We expect this to increase around this time tomorrow.
At dawn I saw at least 20 sperm whales swim past us!