Morning! I spent most of last night sailing in a southeasterly direction waiting for the wind to shift to the northwest so I could gybe.
Good morning from the Southern Ocean! It’s been a fast night on board HUGO BOSS which is reflected in the miles that I’ve gained to the three in front.
Where are the young naturalists these days? Their scarcity has become increasingly apparent in recent years, and so worrying that the National Trust published a paper focused entirely on the issue, and was discussed in grave concern by both Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham.
I crossed the international date line at around 6am this morning so I am now sailing behind GMT.
At a time when we should be looking our best, given the party season, one of us is sporting a split lip. It involved a lot of blood and the injury is now impressively thick enough to look like the result of thre rounds with Lennox Lewis.
This year has been an interesting one to say the least and we have witnessed a lot. The year the Mayans prophesied we would see the end of the world has certainly been eventful.
“If the world does not end, then the next Lobby briefing by Downing Street will be on Monday, 7 January” said a text message from the Downing Street press office today. How wise of them to make contingency plans.
Yesterday, there was huge disappointment amongst Chagossian communities in Port Louis, Mahe, Crawley, Manchester, Geneva and Montréal. A seven-judge chamber of the European Court of Human Rights decided by majority that the case regarding the right of return of the exiled islanders was inadmissible.
Today could have been the end of the world as we know it… which would have been a right pain in the behind when you consider this weekend sees the finale of both Homeland AND Merlin. Those Mayans certainly pick their moments to predict an Armageddon.
I was in my bunk this morning when the pilot accidentally gybed the boat in about 25 knots of wind. It was not an enjoyable moment – in an instant having your whole world turn on its side.
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