Well the race
is on! Comanche is showing her pedigree well and truly, but once the milder weather
changes Wild Oats narrower beam may come into its fore as she will slice through the seas while Comanche's wider beam at the stern may cause her to drag her stern a bit like a spoon through butter rather than a knife through butter! Interesting to see that Comanche has chines which enable her to sit on the lee chine with most of the boat out of the water
when on the wond - rather like a twin hull
. She sure looked great going up the harbour and out through the heads.
Interesting watching the tactics, both Comanche and Wild Oats heading off shore seekinh the Breat Australian East Current
which runs from North to South while Loyal tacked inshore looking for a lift
from the swells along the coast.
My option has always been to head
diagonally off shore until we hit the warmer water
(current flow) then head
south with the lift
from the current
. either way has its advantages, remember going too far off shore means that you have to come in to be on the run past Tasman Island Light.
The next 24 hours will be interwsting. Still the 'great race' is back in the middle of the field!