Yesterday was very frustrating! We woke to find ourselves only about 27 miles from the finish line, with the coast of Denmark to starboard and Thalassa behind but slowly catching us. Then the wind died. When we came on watch at 0800 we managed to slowly get away from her, as she was closer inshore, and because of our superior helmsmanship, of course.
But the wind died so we lost steerage, eventually handing all the sails to drift, with the line about 8 miles away still.
The evening brought cloud and finally some wind, so the ship was a hive of activity as we rapidly set more sail. At last, when we were on watch again, just before 2200 we crossed the line. Relief and cheers. Sails handed, engine on and off we went to anchor. So now we wait for the results.
And the result was 11th in class and 12th overall, subject to confirmation.
Not too bad!
Forward Starboard watch