After just over four hours of sailing, the crew are clapped out down below.

To be fair they are off watch and I did suggest it would be wise to get some sleep before the next watch tonight – although Chris doesn’t look that comfortable. An almost six foot bloke does not fit too well into a five and a half foot berth, but at least he is in the pink.

We have just crossed the traffic separation scheme between Tenerife and Gran Canaria. When clear of the southern end of it, we will set a direct course for Mindelo in Cape Verde. The air temperature is pleasant, the sea state not too choppy and we have sun. What more could you want? Well, the wind from the right direction would be nice. It’s blowing from the south at the moment, even though I placed an order for it to blow from the north east. This is not gentle sailing. As for position relative to the rest of the fleet, we are bringing up the rear. Things are likely to change though – so let’s see what tomorrow brings.

As for position relative to the rest of the fleet, we are bringing up the rear. Things are likely to change though – so let’s see what tomorrow brings.

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