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The solo sailing blog: ‘I celebrated with a shave just before I tacked, the first shave of the race’, Notebook

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.

By | Notebook, Sport | Wednesday, 16 January 2013 at 12:32 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: I’m a very happy man, Notebook

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

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 almos

By | Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 at 6:03 pm

Solo sailing blog: Strong winds and rough seas, Notebook

Solo sailing blog: Strong winds and rough seas

Last night was quite a rough and eventful one on board HUGO BOSS, the wind direction indicator on the anemometer at the top of the mast broke, and the boat Chinese gybed.

By | Notebook, Sport | Wednesday, 5 December 2012 at 12:41 pm

Solo sailing blog: A day of hyrdogenerator repairs, Sport

Solo sailing blog: A day of hyrdogenerator repairs

It was another bright early morning today. I was glad to see daylight. After another Lapskaus dinner last night, I went into darkness as I was heading into the first Southern Ocean depression.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 4:16 pm

Solo sailing blog: Sailing in daylight from 3am, Notebook

Solo sailing blog: Sailing in daylight from 3am

All 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.

By | Notebook, Sport | Monday, 3 December 2012 at 11:58 am

Solo sailing blog: Change in the positions, Notebook

Solo sailing blog: Change in the positions

As anticipated the change in the positions has come this morning as those boats which were further West picked up the weather front and increased their speeds to the East. I’m keeping up now.

By | Notebook, Sport | Friday, 30 November 2012 at 2:58 pm

Solo sailing blog: Holding onto second place, Notebook

Solo sailing blog: Holding onto second place

The saving grace for me over the last few days has been the wind angle. If I don’t have any more slow patches tonight I may hold on to second place for much of today but at some point I will relinquish that position to Virbac and then another to Macif.

By | Notebook, Sport | Thursday, 29 November 2012 at 10:32 am

The solo sailing blog: Hoping for a good strong wind, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: Hoping for a good strong wind

Morning everyone!
Great news this morning, I am up to 3rd again, and I’m pushing on for 2nd place in the race. However I’m reluctant to get too excited at this point, at this stage in the race, everything is ultimately a question of strategy. Jean-Pierre Dick (skipper for Virbac Paprec, currently in 5th) has opted to [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 27 November 2012 at 1:04 pm

The solo sailing blog: We have arrived too early, Notebook

The solo sailing blog: We have arrived too early

Hi everyone! All fine here onboard.
The first part of the night was incredibly quick and the later part was very slow, with lots of big clouds and fluctuating winds. It feels a little like the doldrums again!!
The lead group have to traverse an area of light wind that we have just got into before the [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 26 November 2012 at 12:55 pm

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