Just under 350 miles to go. We finally figured out our speed problem, but it may be too late. A large piece of heavy duty plastic as well as some other junk was wrapped around the keel. I should have known, but it takes a lot to back the boat down. We have to douse the spinnaker and secure it to the deck, point the boat into the wind, sail backwards for a bit and then get going in the right direction again and then put the spinnaker back up. We should have done it when we noticed the speed difference, anyway, it's out and the speed is back, but we have a lot of catching up to do. Hopefully, there will be a park up before the finish and we will have a shot at catching Dragon.

Good evening sports fans - I'm normally a pretty quiet and reserved guy, but the boys have asked me to contribute to the Dorade blog, so I'm going to give it a shot.

I'll start with the facts:

We are approximately 180 nautical miles from the finish at the Lizard. Dorade time is 1630 EST. Our primary competition for longer than I care to contemplate has been Carina and Scarlet Oyster; both very well sailed boats. At the moment Scarlet Oyster has about 20 nautical miles to go, which should have them finishing within the next three hours; when they do we'll have a benchmark time and know exactly when we have to finish to preserve our second-place standing in the class.

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