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.
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.
There’s little to report today. The perilous stage from La Rioja to Fiambalá was cancelled due to flooding.
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 Alex Thomson | | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at 5:15 pm
The solo sailing blog: ‘I celebrated with a shave just before I tacked, the first shave of the race’
I feel like I had proper trade winds for the first time Monday morning which seemed to be a little more consistent than Sunday, and I slowly moved more to the east which allowed me to go a little faster.
For seven hours the film crew following the Race2Recovery team watched cars descend a mighty dune, cross a wadi (dry river bed) and then scramble up the other side.
This morning, the team woke to the sad news that the Wildcat of Tony Harris and Cathy Derousseaux has been excluded from the Dakar Rally.
In my last blog: ‘Growing up as a young Muslim’, I discussed the identity crisis among young British Muslims. But after the satirical film Four Lions showing on Channel 4 – a film depicting a group of radicalized Muslim suicide bombers – it seems an appropriate time to tackle the ‘issue’ of radicalism.
The Muslim youth, who by and large, were celebrating the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr this week, account for more than one million in Britain. One will find an eclectic nexus of, for example: the largest group of young teetotalers, the most opposed to government, arguably the most estranged and disenfranchised and possibly even the most pious. There is, without doubt, a feeling of consternation amongst young Muslims – many elements of society are viewed as unwelcoming.
On Sunday the tables were turned on me in a most delightful manner. Every year the local YMCA organises a fun run incorporating a 10km adult race and 1 mile children’s races round the local park .
This event is dear to my heart because it was the first ever 10km race I took part in. [...]
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