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The solo sailing blog: Supporting fellow competitors, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Supporting fellow competitors

On Saturday morning I decided to change my course to stay with Jean-Pierre Dick, just until I knew that he was happy with the boat and made his decision about what to – whether to stop or to continue in the race with a broken keel.

By | Notebook | Monday, 28 January 2013 at 5:02 pm

The solo sailing blog: Keel failures, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Keel failures

I am shocked and gutted at the news that JP Dick has lost his keel. JP has sailed an awesome race and does not deserve this to happen to him. He has worked so hard and maintained his third position despite having to climb the mast countless times. I am thankful that it has happened here and not in the south although JP will have to go through some significant weather to get to the Azores, potentially up to 40 knots on the 26 January.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 22 January 2013 at 6:57 pm

The solo sailing blog: An encouraging morning, Uncategorized

The solo sailing blog: An encouraging morning

Yesterday was supremely frustrating, an encouraging morning followed by big squalls in the afternoon which were more full of calm areas than much wind.

By | | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at 5:15 pm

The solo sailing blog: Up and running again properly, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Up and running again properly

The big news is my hydro generator bracket is finally finished and the hydro is currently filling my batteries fully for the first time in a month!

By | Notebook, Sport | Wednesday, 9 January 2013 at 3:41 pm

The solo sailing blog: Rounding Cape Horn, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Rounding Cape Horn

At 02.38GMT this morning I achieved a new milestone as I rounded Cape Horn, it is a huge achievement for me and the team behind me.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 4 January 2013 at 2:41 pm

The solo sailing blog: Sailing towards Cape Horn, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Sailing towards Cape Horn

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.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 3 January 2013 at 8:30 pm

The solo sailing blog: Going further than ever before, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Going further than ever before

On such a long race alone it is good to have key milestones to tick off along the way, however small they might seem. Passing my furthest point in this race off the Cape of Good Hope was a big psychological tick for me and now having taken the boat further around the world than it has ever been is another boost on my way to the finish.

By | Notebook | Friday, 28 December 2012 at 4:00 pm

The solo sailing blog: Christmas day, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Christmas day

The wind over Christmas day eased down and allowed me to catch up on some much needed rest as the previous 24 hours had been hard work with many sail changes and reefs in and out.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 27 December 2012 at 12:41 pm

The solo sailing blog: It doesn’t really feel like Christmas out here, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: It doesn’t really feel like Christmas out here

I crossed the international date line at around 6am this morning so I am now sailing behind GMT.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 24 December 2012 at 2:41 pm

The solo sailing blog: On the largest expanse of water on earth, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: On the largest expanse of water on earth

With one hydrogenerator broken and out of action, and the condition too rough to put the other in the water, I need continue on power saving mode at the moment, in order to give myself enough power to finish the race in case anything else goes wrong.

By | Notebook | Friday, 21 December 2012 at 5:42 pm

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