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> Another spanking 36 hours of sailing. If it hadn't have been for it being 90% upwind we would have cracked open the champagne!

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> Having abandoned hope of any sensible weather forecasting (the grim and weather modelling fairies either being on holiday or on strike and any of them failing to agree) Barney and Skippy have resorted to more traditional 'methods'. Skips has employed the services of his weather runes (random) and Barney has attached a piece of wet seaweed to the mast and keep muttering about albatrosses! However, somehow between them they have predicted that the wind will go North so a trip up the near side of the Lands End TSS was determined the way forward. Sunset at Lands End was stunning and the wind light enough to whisk us gracefully around the corner. A minor wobble by Adrian as we were lured by them sparkly sectored lights towards the rocks.

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> Nothing note worthy to report along the TSS and the slog across the Irish Sea has been relatively benign. The words 'high and fast' has become our mantra and we are all immune now to the utterances of 'encouragement' from the depths of the chart table.

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> As we settled into watches there has been muchos sleeping, muchos eating and muchos randomness of crew sanity. The James, much recharged after some well earned kip, has donned what can only be described as grandpa Jo long johns ... classy! Skippy is fetching in all in blue smurf! Adrian has gone slinky! Ain't no party like a boys thermals party! There has been singing galore and despite knowing none of the words to any of them we could produce a full double sided hum-alonga-song album. The only exception would be the entire crew can do a rousing rendition of Skippy's school song ... 'Wootonly House, Wootonly House, Wootonly House Hooray!My only other recalled comment of choice was 'you'd better retape the willy' .... I am as yet too afraid to investigate content or circumstances!

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> We have been blessed with pod after pod of dolphins - just popping in to say hi before heading off on their merry way. We definitely did see a basking shark - it's fin waving gracefully in the waves and James, dizzy with excitement, saw a whale - 'well perhaps more a bird ... it made a splash like an erupting whale'!

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> Fridge wars continue - it seems to have gone hormonal so there has been a push on 'using things up' and encouragement from the brains trust to eat eat eat! Dinner last night was described attractively as 'there's something that looks really horrible in a bag' but was another fine WA classic of pea curry.

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> As we approach the rock, we have just completed a frisky 8 hours of 20+knots in what can only be described as 'bouncy bouncy' seas. Fruity is an understatement but team WART have completed some of their finest, well choreographed sail change manoeuvres to date and although weary, a little bleary eyed, a little vomitty in places we are all feeling the love of this race, its challenges and everyone on our team of wave warriors.

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> 257 miles to go ... apparently post rock a full programme of Chubby Choules Charters activities begin ... watch this space!

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