Day 70 : onboard Roxy in the Vendée Globe

Januari 19, 2009 @ 19:16:12   Foto Sam Davies

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As predicted, today has been a day of very light winds. In fact, I think I got my record slowest speed with an average of 2.78 knots for 4 hours! I am not proud of that at all.

It has been pretty frustrating, and very very tiring, being fully concentrated on sail trim and course changes to try to keep going as fast as possible in the conditions. It is impossible to get rest when it is like this!

So, I made the most of a dry deck (very rare in this race) and got to work with the sikaflex to seal up the worst my leaks. I'm not proud of the aesthetics of my job, but I think it will be effective! When the swell had calmed down a bit, I climbed up my mast to do a quick check, which was quick , as the sails flogging around made it pretty hard to hang on! But the few things that I wanted to take a look at were all OK, which is very reassuring!

Once back on deck, the wind started to fill in, and shift, so I had a gybe, plus a sail change from Code 0 to gennaker to do.... at the end of all that I can safely say that I am totally knackered!!

The plus side is that now the sea temperature is good, I can have a shower at the end of a tough day, and Roxy is now back on track at 10 knots boatspeed.

And now for the best news of the day: I had my CHRISTMAS DINNER today!! Finally it was calm enough to cook and serve the special Langoustine Bisque that Romain had given me for Christmas dinner. It was delicious, with croutons aux algues (hopefully not the kind I found on my keel) and "la rouille", even though the presentation left a little to be desired - it was served in a tupperware box, with a plastic spoon!

Desert was a Suchard Rocher, and the temperature is just right for eating chocolate at  the moment - not too cold so that it's too hard, but not yet warm enough to melt.... I wonder if I should make the most of the conditions and eat more chocolate before it gets too hot? I will be disappointed if I finish with chocolate left over.....

S x



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