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Rona II - Current Tactics

Greetings from Rona II. It's early morning on Monday, still dark, and has
been a busy night as we've changed steadily down from genoa, staysail, full
main and mizzen, to no 2 yankee, staysail, second reef and mizzen. The wind
has come aft a little and we are trucking along.

Tactically over the next couple of days we're trying to play to Rona II's
strengths. She's an absolute weapon with the wind a little aft of the beam
and around 18 knots of breeze, so with more wind (and a higher sea state) to
the north west, and less of both to the south east, we're adjusting our
(generally north east) course to try and keep ourselves in exactly that much
wind. Ultimately it looks like we'll go quite a long way north before
turning east, covering a longer distance in order to stay in Rona II's sweet
spot for as long as possible.

It's too early to properly know what the rest of the fleet is doing but we
suspect we're the most north westerly boat. If so, it's a classic gamble -
we may do very well out of this strategy... or very poorly!

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