Es ist also Montag

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Etappe 6 Tag 15 Blog-Eintrag von Amory

POSITION: 10 Meilen nordöstlich von der Mayaguanainsel

Wir haben mit der durchschnittlichen, arbeitenden Bevölkerung nur sehr wenig gemeinsam. Wir haben keinen Schreibtisch, müssen morgens nicht zur Arbeit pendeln und haben am Wochenende nicht frei. Unsere einzige Gemeinsamkeit in dieser Woche ist die Angst vor dem Montag. Der Montag ist ein schrecklicher Tag, insbesondere der heutige, und wir haben diesen Montag schon länger ängstlich im Kalender angestarrt. An diesem Montag werden uns unsere geliebten Winde wahrscheinlich ein letztes Mal verlassen, nach und nach im Laufe des Tages.

The complete easing of our breeze should begin this morning, and because we're the furthest west it will impact us first, again opening the door for CAMPER and Telefónica to eat into our lead from their trailing positions. Tom is saying tonight could be a full on drift-off, and while this leg has been full of back-to-front compression scenarios, this one is just a few days from the finish line and that makes it that much more dangerous.

Our saving grace is that - unlike previous compressions - the attacking boats will be geographically restricted by the islands, and at some point they will be forced to sail into the same waters an winds as us. Passing lanes and open-ocean leverage that could allow for dramatic lead changes will be much harder to find as our course to the turning mark at Eleuthera is a relatively straight one. While it does nothing to change the fact that we'll eventually be without wind, it does comfort us to know that it's a fate the others will likely suffer too.

So Monday it is, and it's going to be a big one. In all likeliness the boat that best handles this final high-pressure hurdle gets the jump on the short sprint to Miami, a jump that could quickly prove insurmountable. Time is running short and the remaining mileage is low, so we'll be sure to shake off the easy-sailing casualness for the final stages of a leg home to America we very much want to win!

- Amory

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