Day 3 found our racers gearing up for a wild ride on what’s known as “the windy reach.” The back of the fleet crawled out of the southerly surge and the front of the fleet grew with the faster, sportier boats, previously becalmed, closing the gap on the original three leaders in reported 25-30 kt winds. JouJou is still splitting the difference between Riff Rider to the north and Crinan II to the south. It will be interesting to see the effect of latitude. Double Espresso is one of those surfing machines now caught up to the three leaders with Nightmare and Passages very close behind. Rainbow, the sole multihull, is holding his own and Kyntanna is throwing her size around surging to the south. The remainder are roughly clustered together, but still moving at a clip. We have reports of sea sickness, astronaut eating, and only a little carnage so far, a boom vang and a couple of autopilots, not too bad overall. The sailors are settling in to sailing, as the winds continue.