Originally Posted by PCP
Yes, indeed, Gahinet went out fast, with Pedote and Pulve hot on his heels. With the breeze at 309 NNW and the boats heading 206, you'd think that 747 would have a speed advantage in confused seas and 16 knots of breeze. But we know from early season races that Gahinet is blazingly fast in almost every condition. It will be a fast first leg, I predict, and hopefully the fleet will get past Finisterre without too much drama.
As for McFarlane, he almost didn't make the race when he lost his first boat, in very rough conditions, doing his 1,000 mile qualifier in the Med. Fortunately, he was able to secure another boat, perhaps even better than the one he lost, but he didn't have much time to get it dialed in. Apparently, he used his time well.