Over the past couple of days the fleet have been sailing in difficult conditions with unstable southeast winds gusting from 9 to 30 knots and shifting from 80 to 140 degrees. DAVIES and the rest of the fleet have been experiencing record speeds so far in this race. Yesterday morning DAVIES reported: 'We're doing 22 knots at the moment and having a bit of a surf! It's a bit out of control and we've got a squally session going on - 25 knots of wind but spinnaker reaching and there's some nice big surf...here we go again!...'
Now the fleet are approaching the Azores, they must make their next major tactical decision in order to prepare themselves for the quickest exit of the islands.
Yesterday DAVIES had a phone call from team-mate Ellen MacARTHUR (GBR) were she spoke about her tactics for the upcoming portion of the race: 'Yesterday [Friday] morning I had a really good look at the long range forecast and it was saying to go south and get in to the trade winds. There is a big high coming in the middle of the Atlantic so that's why I've gone south. Also, there is absolutely no wind in Flores on the grib files I was looking at. It's looking quite direct routing at the moment so I'm continuing reaching for a bit and not really getting in to the trade winds for a little while yet. Yesterday morning to yesterday evening the whole long range forecast changed so it's difficult to say...'