'The one place we wanted to be was in front,' writes Imagine It. Done. skipper Dee CAFFARI (GBR) this afternoon. 'We have just sailed 4,000 miles and have been first or second the whole way. We now have 3,000 miles to keep it up… No pressure then, as the only way to go when you are on top is down. I think it is the best and the worst place to be all rolled into one.'
CAFFARI went on to explain that while Imagine It. Done. has previously been placed as high as second, these spells were brief and, 'along with a life saving medical evacuation and a last place [it] has really taken the pressure off us, but has built the frustration level beyond belief.'
In her daily log, CAFFARI acknowledges the difference, and difficulties, of leading the fleet in terms of decision making and tactics, adding: 'The constant discussion of height over boat speed when sailing is a continuing battle especially in an upwind race but we are all clear that now is the time to push.'
The wind has now shifted to the south-southwest and dropped in strength; a welcome relief after consistent winds of around 30 knots and higher recently. The fleet will soon bear away to the north to round the mark and Imagine It. Done. looks likely to be the first yacht round.
At the tail end of the fleet, Team Save the Children is now 282nm behind the lead, having struggled against the deficit after diverting from the racecourse for a medical evacuation earlier in the leg. VAIO is in eleventh and 138nm behind Imagine It. Done.