Now stuck in the doldrums with a rapidly vanishing lead over Mouligne, Garside sends this report and offers thanks to the current pushing him north
Mike sent this report at 0200 GMT on 26 April.
My 200 mile lead is now down to under 100 and the boy (J-P) is still closing. The only two good bits of fortune I’m having are that I have been able to get west enough (the only way the wind would let me go!) so that at least I have now put myself between J-P and the finishing line. The second is that the wind has now backed in the last hour so that, instead of heading back to Brazil on a course of 245, I am on the same 310 degree course as J-P and pointing at Charleston.
Extraordinary how things go. Marc had almost closed on Gio, but slightly to the east of him. He then started to lose ground so, as I closed up on them both I tried to head slightly more to the west. Suddenly Gio broke free and Marc and I were trapped with tons of rain and no wind. Now I’m making 2 knots towards the finish. If I didn’t have 2 knots of the South Equatorial Current pushing me I would be here forever, it seems.