The solo sailing blog: I’m a very happy man

Alex Thomson

sailing1 300x225 The solo sailing blog: Im a very happy manOn Saturday morning I was in sight of the Falkland Islands, which is topical as I hear they have been in the news a lot this past week! From what I can see they’re incredibly flat!! Saturday was another sunny day, which is good, conditions are considerably better than they have been and considering we’re in the middle of an ocean it is relatively calm out here. It’s still incredibly cold at night, but with the sunshine is relatively warm during the day which is good for the spirits. I’m also making the most of these conditions to get as much rest as I can.

I’m still happy with the progress I’m making, my route east of the Falklands has allowed me to benefit from the protection they have given me while I focus on the on-going hydro repairs; I spent a lot of time on these over the weekend. Hopefully the end is almost in sight with them as with around four weeks left of this race it’s still important that I get the second hydro back into action. With regards to power I am hoping things will be back to normal soon. I have made the repairs to the hydrogenerator. I’m now just waiting for the right conditions to finish of the final parts of the repair, fingers crossed they will come soon and then I will be ready to test it.

I’m a very happy man this morning. The conditions out here are lovely, around 17.5 degrees Celsius in the cabin and the sun is out. After changing my thermals yesterday I’ve now changed again and am into my warm weather clothing for the first time in good few weeks, which is great. For the first time in a while I think everyone back home is jealous of my weather! The winds are pretty light at the moment, which provides a good opportunity to carry out maintenance work and routine checks around the boat before it fills in again later today.

With the warmer weather I should really be thinking about shaving my beard. It is by far the longest time I have ever gone without shaving. I am not sure what I think about it, but at the moment I have no choice but to keep it. It would take about half a bucket of water for me to shave, and at the moment with my power issues I can’t spare that much water!

It was such a shame to hear that bad luck had struck Bernard again. I really feel for him after all the effort he put in to get sailing again and I only hope he can fulfill his goal and can make it to Les Sables d’Olonne.

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