Punta del Este, Uruguay to Charleston, S.C.
Starting Tomorrow, 0900hrs PDT.
Here we are all together, but making different choices.
Companion is shown veering to off to port.
Contiguous is veering off to starboard.
Belladonna leads No Going Back, going towards shore.
Open Container III is (always) the big blue boat who's going to beat (somebody) this time.
Like I said in this morning's comment: one of the most unrealistic qualities of this game, a distortion of real ocean racing, is the leader board calculations. Until the fleet rounds a mark or a headlands, there is no way in hell you can establish any boat's standing. It's location, location, location. At the right moment!
Everyone can easily see that Paula has her lip stick on! But lipsick or not, she'll stand out in any crowd!
The rest of us are crowding around her, north, south, east and west or thereabouts!
In my case, I am losing boats hand over fist! On paper, anyways!
Update: 2011-04-14 03:20:25 UTC+2
I thought I had better publish an update before things go south for me again.
The graph (click to expand) above displays the contrast between the virtual race with 22,000 boats and the real race with three boats left. This is interesting because of the discussion about western strategy or the eastern strategy.
In the real race, American Brad Van Liew is leading with his western strategy.
In the Virtual Race, my Open Container III [concentric circles] is doing way better than I had any reason to hope. I didn't rationally select the eastern approach: it was forced upon me by the circumstances of earlier blunders at the start of the Leg. I am still grabbing a few boats minute-by-minute, but I am also still chasing the same windless pocket that's been just ahead of me for days. If I catch it, I'm dead. But right now, I'm #667, right in the middle of the red dots where is exactly where I have to be if I'm going to attain 999th place or better!
No Going Back is on the crest of the green wave, about 7 o'clock from me, where she also very much aims to be. Contiguous is about 25nm ahead and to the west of her. Real close. Belladonna is following Brad Van Liew!
Dinty (Pittsburgh) who always teases me from his position of a 100 boats ahead, is in the middle of the left middle red finger, maybe where Derek Hatfield is.
I'm not taking a position as to which strategic approach is the best. I'm just playing the hand that was dealt me, like on the real water.