We left Ocean Village for Cowes at about 0900 to pick up George from Cowes, where he'd been partying with his Cowes Week crew.We went through the Registration gate without problems. The IMOCA 60s clustered on the ODM ignoring the possible advantage offered by the Gurnard countercurrent. This set the scene for us in IRC3 and we took up a position at the inner end of the outer cluster.It was soon obvious that the island-side boats had the advantage so we hekd our port tack to join them. But we decided that there was little advantage in going too far in. We're now off Hamstead. Pointing at Yarmouth, towards the front of the pack.