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Cape Town
We finally made it to Cape Town after a stormy start and a stormy finish, but in between enjoyed fair winds and generally good weather and cold nights at sea. Our tactics didn't work out so well this time as on the race to Rio because the anticipated wind h...
Cape Town
Cape Town
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Home Sweet Home
We are now halfway across the Atlantic and our Code 2 spinnaker emblazoned with "JAMAICA"  is flying proudly and driving onwards to Cape Town. This is the first time our spinnaker has been out for an airing since Leg 1, although this Leg is characterised by...
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
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Rio to Cape Town
We set off from Rio on Leg 3 in warm sunshine and choppy seas. As usual all 12 boats did a parade of sail around the harbour and then crossed the start line. After rounding a couple of buoys placed just off Copacabana and Ipanema beaches we headed out to se...
Rio to Cape Town
Rio to Cape Town
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Jamaica Rocks into Rio
Well finally after 28 days at sea we crossed the finishing line first in the bay outside Rio de Janeiro. PSP were in second place and closing fast so the finish line couldn't come quickly enough and when it did they were only 19 seconds behind.Incredible th...
Jamaica Rocks into Rio
Jamaica Rocks into Rio
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Tropical Squalls
We are now in the Doldrums or the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) to give it its full title. The place where the prevailing winds in the north meet those in the south and cancel each other out.  It is a strange place of breeze followed by no wond at ...
Tropical Squalls
Tropical Squalls
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Wildlife
The racing is relentless, as shift follows shift, sometimes sunny and sometimes pitch black. One of the rare changes to the routine is the sighting of wildlife bearing in mind we haven’t seen any other vessels or people since the day after we left Brest. Fl...
Wildlife
Wildlife
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Sailing By Night
Steering a boat by night is quite a different experience. If there is moonlight or stars then at least you have points of reference to maintain a course by, but when you have neither you have to rely on instruments even when these counter all your instincts...
Sailing By Night
Sailing By Night
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At the Helm
After a few days at sea I finally get my chance to take the helm which is great.  We are sailing downwind so that the wind is coming at a slight angle from the back of the boat in a good breeze.  The sun is shining and for another day there is nothing in si...
At the Helm
At the Helm
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At the Helm
After a few days at sea I finally get my chance to take the helm which is  great.  We are sailing downwind so that the wind is coming at a slight angle  from the back of the boat in a good breeze.  The sun is shining and for  another day there is nothing in...
At the Helm
At the Helm
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Leaving Brest
The disappointment of Race 1 has been put behind us as has the sense of injustice when the race was cut short at only 3 hours notice leaving our strategy well and truly scuppered. After a few days rest up in Brest and more repairs to the boats we are ready ...
Leaving Brest
Leaving Brest
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