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Onboard from Ronnie Simpson as he singlehands his way to Hawaii..

We had entered the trades, had the masthead kite up and were surfing down following swells with double digit speed. I had amassed a lead of 44 miles on the Olson, and was leading monohull in the race. Things were going great, but how quickly they can change. My lead had dwindled down to 24 by last night and by this morning, I was 3 miles behind. It’s mid-day in the trades and it’s blowing exactly 3 knots right now. The Olson and I just crossed the halfway point last night though, and with the race as close as it is, it’s still anybody’s race. He is south and east of me in a bit more breeze and is surely making gains today. All I can do is hang on and do what I can to maximize what little wind I have until the breeze fills back in. Then hopefully we can reel him in once again. All of my excuses about light wind aside, Adrian is sailing a beautiful race in the Olson and i’ve got to give him props for how well he’s doing. But it’s not over yet! We’ll keep you posted, and there will be a total recap from Kauai.

The 54 trimaran "Hecla" is well south of us and is beginning to come on strong, extending his lead. He should surely take line honors.

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Ronnie Simpson
Mount Gay 30
"Warrior’s Wish"