The first day has been more or less as expected, with salt and water everywhere. We drag salt into the boat with the foul weather gear, and there are also a couple of places with local raincasts inside the boat.. The only place we do not manage to get water into is the toilet as the intake for water to that is over the oceansurface all the time as we are healing 30 degrees. I leave it to your imagination to describe the smell!
We did some very good first 10 miles of this race in light upwind, but the next 10 in somewhat more heavy breeze on the nose was not our favorite. After stumbling around the north tip of Catalina Island we have been on a sharp reach using the new genoa and varied between full main, and 1 or 2 reefs. It has been OK, and at least there are boats around us, so we are satisfied this far. At this stage it is about not loosing the race, our best part begins in a couple of days when we can hoist the nylon!