Sir R K-J slips back into 5th place as he takes time out for a nap

Yacht Saga Insurance
Thursday 1st March 2007
Lat 36 17S Long 48 33W
Miles To Norfolk, USA: 5,513 nm
Distance In 24 Hours: 201.6 nm
Average Speed In 24 Hours: 8.4 knots
Ranking: 5th

SAGA INSURANCE has slipped back into 5th place as Sir Robin chooses a more easterly route than ‘A Southern Man – AGD’. Both skippers are gambling with their own readings of the weather, only 1 route will pay. Having had his energy levels dangerously low over the course of the last week, after a serious lack of sleep, Sir Robin was forced yesterday to concentrate on re-charging his own batteries as well as SAGA’s. With frustrating sailing in the variables and a whole week of undesirable weather forecast, it is as crucial as ever to maintain a healthy psychology.

“Coming up to the area where I expect the wind to change from easterly to Northerly and so tack towards the east within an hour or two. The grib files show NNW’lys up to Force 6 due shortly. Note I’m using Sat C for emails at the moment so most of your emails won’t get through for now.”

“At 17:40 GMT AGD passed a mile away. There was no response to a call on VHF Channel 16. We clearly have different appreciations of the weather but who proves right remains to be seen. Otherwise a quiet day, largely catching up on sleep and re-charging. RKJ”