Mel: 'Going backwards'
I think we've cracked it - we've worked out how to win this race! We sit on para anchor chilling out in the sunshine, listening to our ipods and topping up the tans and go backwards slower than some other crews taking miles off their lead by doing nothing!! I'm v reassured that we're not the fastest crew going backwards - when I saw our speed on anchor was nearly 1 knot I really thought we'd be one of the fastest heading back to La Gomera - but apparently not, I don't know whether that's because we have slightly different conditions, but we're not complaining!
All day yesterday I was wondering what the others were doing and I kept waking up last night to check whether the wind had moved North (as some have predicted) and we could try rowing again. So getting today's figures and finding out we were still in 10th was a bit of a relief. It doesn't look like the wind will change until at least Sunday, so we might as well get on and enjoy the rest as best we can. It's frustrating to see days go by and make no progress, and see records slipping away, but today the sun's shining and we can be on deck rather than holed up in the cabin so it could be worse, certainly beats being in the UK in the cold and working 9 to 5!! On that note I think I'll head back on deck again...