Saturday 3rd October – The Gate

There's bad news, good news and good news today. The bad news is that Qingdao have declared that they have crossed the scoring gate ahead of us.  The good news is, that looking at their co-ordinates they've miscalculated and have actually gone outside the scoring gate – which is unfortunate for them but gives us the second bit of good news, in that we've now crossed it (at last – I was beginning to think we never would) and have gained an extra two points.

We're all as equally glad to see the back of it as we were to get passed Palma – and that showed in our very lack lustre cheer when Piers announced we had finally crossed the darned thing!
Our goal is now to try and claw our way back up the race positions.  Piers is still positive and the chase is on!