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Thursday update!

Campaign HQ, lunchtime Thursday 4th May.

Rona II has had a much quieter couple of days and in addition to re-running their main halyard, have made good progress debugging a couple of other minor problems onboard. When she arrives in Las Palmas she will find various spares, new gear and human support awaiting her!

At the time of writing they are again the fastest vessel in the fleet, have moved two places up the leaderboard and are about to cross in front of Whyte Swan, their close companion and competitor across Biscay during leg 1. The wind has come ahead of the yachts closest to Gran Canaria (including Rona II) and there is a tactical game being played out of whether to continue south and follow the wind around as it moves into the northwest, or to tack now and gain westing before turning south, possibly in stronger wind. Rona II is hard on the wind, no doubt under her brand new genoa, staysail and mainsail, and appears to have decided to run south, so we are likely to see her slowly come round and point towards her destination late today. Her ETA remains Sunday morning.

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