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Tappa 6 giorno 15 dal Blog di Amory

LUOGO: 10 miglia a nord-est dall'isola di Mayaguana
VENTO: 6,7 nodi
VELOCITÀ: 8,4 nodi
ROTTA: 301 gradi

Abbiamo davvero poco in comune con il lavoratore medio. Non abbiamo una scrivania, non facciamo i pendolari ogni giorno, non esiste il congedo di malattia e, soprattutto, non esistono i week-end. Ma una cosa che, questa settimana, ci accomuna a loro è il timore condiviso del lunedì. Abbiamo una terribile paura del lunedì, e oggi è proprio lunedì, ma se da un lato lo temevamo, dall'altro non vedevamo l'ora che arrivasse. Questo lunedì i nostri amati venti probabilmente ci lasceranno una volta per tutte, gradualmente nel corso della giornata.

The complete easing of our breeze should begin this morning, and because we're the furthest west it will impact us first, again opening the door for CAMPER and Telefónica to eat into our lead from their trailing positions. Tom is saying tonight could be a full on drift-off, and while this leg has been full of back-to-front compression scenarios, this one is just a few days from the finish line and that makes it that much more dangerous.

Our saving grace is that - unlike previous compressions - the attacking boats will be geographically restricted by the islands, and at some point they will be forced to sail into the same waters an winds as us. Passing lanes and open-ocean leverage that could allow for dramatic lead changes will be much harder to find as our course to the turning mark at Eleuthera is a relatively straight one. While it does nothing to change the fact that we'll eventually be without wind, it does comfort us to know that it's a fate the others will likely suffer too.

So Monday it is, and it's going to be a big one. In all likeliness the boat that best handles this final high-pressure hurdle gets the jump on the short sprint to Miami, a jump that could quickly prove insurmountable. Time is running short and the remaining mileage is low, so we'll be sure to shake off the easy-sailing casualness for the final stages of a leg home to America we very much want to win!

- Amory

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