Donc on est lundi

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Blog d'Amory : étape 6, jour 15

POSITION : 10 milles au nord-est de l'île Mayaguana
VITESSE DU VENT : 6 7 nœuds
CAP : 301 degrés

Nous n'avons que très peu de choses en commun avec le travailleur lambda. Nous n'avons pas de bureau, pas de trajet le matin, pas de congés maladie et certainement pas de week-ends. Mais une des choses que nous avons en commun cette semaine, c'est la peur du lundi. Vous êtes terrifiés par le lundi - et aujourd'hui, nous sommes lundi - mais nous aussi nous avons repéré ce lundi sur le calendrier en redoutant son arrivée. C'est ce lundi que nos vents chéris vont probablement nous quitter pour de bon, au fil de la journée.

The complete easing of our breeze should begin this morning, and because we're the furthest west it will impact us first, again opening the door for CAMPER and Telefónica to eat into our lead from their trailing positions. Tom is saying tonight could be a full on drift-off, and while this leg has been full of back-to-front compression scenarios, this one is just a few days from the finish line and that makes it that much more dangerous.

Our saving grace is that - unlike previous compressions - the attacking boats will be geographically restricted by the islands, and at some point they will be forced to sail into the same waters an winds as us. Passing lanes and open-ocean leverage that could allow for dramatic lead changes will be much harder to find as our course to the turning mark at Eleuthera is a relatively straight one. While it does nothing to change the fact that we'll eventually be without wind, it does comfort us to know that it's a fate the others will likely suffer too.

So Monday it is, and it's going to be a big one. In all likeliness the boat that best handles this final high-pressure hurdle gets the jump on the short sprint to Miami, a jump that could quickly prove insurmountable. Time is running short and the remaining mileage is low, so we'll be sure to shake off the easy-sailing casualness for the final stages of a leg home to America we very much want to win!

- Amory

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