Lat: 40 41.25′ S
Long: 8 28.99′ W
Inst Speed: 16.7
Wind Dir: 42
Wind Speed: 23.6
Distance last 24hr: 358.05
Distance to finish: 6392.77
The brits now on watch, whilst I cover for Theirry
Theirry stuck below with damaged thumb takes on some nav duties
some early signs that the mainsail laminate might be failing
Email from the boat to shore:
Subject: Wednesday morning
Date: 25/02/2009 03:32:24
it’s got rough!
so it’s hard to rtype sorry for that !
i might be brief too – as it’s frustrating not hitting the right keys when
i know i can type failry well..
the keyboard is jumping around a bit and my hands are thrown around a bit
e are sailing at 72 degrees to the wind in around 20-28 kts of wind, on
deck the spray is every 10 secs or so, and faiarly persisant –
frustratingly our wet weate gear is wet…i have wet arms, legs below the
knees and bum. the collar on the tops is impossible to get comfortable, and
when you fnally find a way to secure it that isn”t digging into your
cheak, it collects drips from the hood….you’d think it’d be sorted
nowadays with so much development these last few years.
it wasn’t alwys like this thouh during the dya yesterday it was nice –
still dry on deck, and making good miles in the right direction, a chance to
get some sleep, in preparation of next 36 hours. it’s so rough that staying
in the bunk long enough to falll asleep will be a challenge. Had a nice few
supporters emails too which was good to know that there is live out there –
even if they are going to a James Blunt concert tonight!!!
so this is our life for the next while – perhaps our lasst rough
conditions… we are thankful that the water is warm ( currently 16
degrees ) becuase if it was cold itwould be awful on deck… as it is you
can hunkerdown in you gear and live through it… looking forward to
daylight when i am sure we’ll all be a bit more chatty!
i’ll leave it there and send it – perhpas you;;l get more from us on teh
excuse spelling and typos .. to day at leaset
Second email from the boat:
Subject: floating in space
Date: 25/02/2009 09:41:37
when i said it was rough, i meant the sea isn’t too bad, but as we are
giubg qyuckky over it it’s rough onboard!
about an hour into trying to get to sleep and winning for about 10 mins i
found myself floating in space. for a split second i woke up exxpeerinceing
the full force ( or not ) of zero gravity, and thought what a marvelous way
to live, until gravity was restored with avengence… and i cam crashing
down – not on the bunk but on the corner of battery box which isn’t round
or padded ouch – battety box 1 shoulder 0 , it was pitch black so out
bounce back into bed to try to sleep agaim pnly to discover i had a mouth
foll of feathers – the battery box had split a compartment of my sleeping
bag and the featherwers were coming out every where….battery box 2 me 0
so now i got up fond the gaffa tape and taped up the hole – will wait for
moree clememnt conditions to effect a more glamourous repair – but for now
the gaffa tape is working – lucky it’s a compartment near the top – not on
the bottom where my toes would get cold – only a few more days of bag, then
it’ll be put away – but i still need it for these few days.