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Solo sailing blog: Sailing in daylight from 3am

Alex Thomson

solo sailing1 300x225 Solo sailing blog: Sailing in daylight from 3amAll good on-board HUGO BOSS this morning, apart from my hydro again. I got the damaged one working in the end and now it is the port hydro that is giving me grief.  I am getting pretty annoyed with it now and will have to take the opportunity of a slight slowdown today to get it all working again properly.  Last night I had to charge using the main engine and used up more of precious fuel on-board, that was a benefit in that the cabin was warm all night!

Over the weekend, something also got stuck on the rudder while I was asleep. The low boat speed alarm went off and I got up and saw a six foot rooster tail coming off the rudder. Looked very cool but very slow, I had to slow the boat right down to get it off but it did not take long.

I slept a lot over the weekend, I’m catching up on my sleep while I can as in these conditions once the boat is setup it does not require my constant attention.

It was light at 3am this morning, it was great to see some blue sky and the see the sun rising.  Right now I have 15 knots of wind from the SW, due to go round to the west and increase this afternoon. The sea is pretty bumpy and little confused but nowhere near as bad as yesterday.  With the bumps and the heel yesterday it was very difficult to type a tweet let alone write an update, but I tried my best!

At the moment, the rich are getting richer, the guys ahead are extending as I am from the guys behind.  Once we all get into the same weather we will go the same speed until the 7 December when the leaders and I will run into a high pressure, slow up and the fleet will compress again.  It is like we are attached by a piece of bungee!

You can follow me on twitter @alexthomson99 for regular updates throughout the day, and you can see my live interview from the South Atlantic with the BBC here.

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