Okay. Just a short one tonight I'm afraid. We are back in business and we are looking to get back on top of the mileage after our recent mishaps. Having recovered from the embarrassment of falling out of the boat on Thursday night I am now back in the role of navigating the team to a swift conclusion of the race (touch wood!).
Thursday's capsize came as a shock to some of the guys but from my perspective I could see it coming. I had been chatting to Tony who runs our weather routing from the UK and had asked how long we could feasibly expect the conditions we had to continue. it was really rough. It was getting to the point where it looked like we might have to batten down the hatches and wait for the storm to pass. In the end we chose to press on. With the autohelm problems and the manual steering routine at night I felt this was the best course. In the end we just go unlucky with a freak wave which came from a completely different direction to the rest. It caught us off guard and the next thing I knew I was practicing a new game called 'who dares swims'. Thankfully I was very strongly secured to the boat and able to get back in quite easily.
We have a few technical challenges on board since the eskimo roll, but the key thing is that from a safety perspective everything is solid and working well. The only technical bit that continues to give us trouble is the autohelm but it has been performing better today so we live in hope. More frustratingly, our capacity to use our primary satphone and our media transmission kit (the fleet broadband system) is currently nil. We are working on a fix but it is not guaranteed so this is limiting some of the media and campaign coverage that we had hoped to secure. Please tweet, talk and help us drive the donations.
And finally, thank you all for your support. We can feel the positive vibes out here and they make a massive difference - please keep them coming!