Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is now in fourth place in Velux 5-Oceans Race 12/2/07

Log date Monday 12 February 2007
Position Lat 52 23S Long 112 50W
Miles To Norfolk, USA 8,538 nm
Distance In 24 Hours 264.8 nm
Average Speed In 24 Hours 11.03 knots

Over the weekend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston aboard Saga Insurance has regained fourth place in the Velux 5-Oceans Race.

For the last four days, Saga Insurance has been averaging at least 2 knots more than the boats in front, in strong winds and in terms of distance to finish, he is now 39 miles ahead of ‘A Southern Man – AGD’ and now just 40 miles behind ‘Pakea’ in 3rd place.

Despite sailing ‘blind’ without weather information, having lost use of some of his front sails and starting out 78 hours after the rest of the fleet at the beginning of the leg, Sir Robin has been sailing a fantastic leg so far, and has averaged much higher speeds since leaving Fremantle.

Here’s his latest log?

Having dispersed to their various pastures, the white horses are gathering again. Not sure where from, the last forecast I received is now 24 hours old from NZ, and nothing is coming in from South America, so all I really know is that there is a high north of us but last I heard it was extending so to be avoided.

Saga Insurance and I are clear of the last wayline so can set what course we wish again towards Cape Horn. Not much action to-day, the usual chores and watching the barometer and wind which is now slightly north of west. Our group of three boats has closed up, we are all now within 50 miles of each other but that’s beyond VHF range so no contact.

Good news, found two more bottles of whiskey which I had hidden in my spare boots and forgotten, so supplies are ok. Four bottles consumed in four weeks which is abstemious and may not be good for my health but got to make them last.