Just one more!

Three low pressure systems down, one to go tonight. The past two have been boat-breaking and the next one promises more of the same. It’s the one marked « STORM » on the American synoptic charts heading for the UK/ France tomorrow. Top wind speed in yesterday’s horror show was 55 knots. A sail change in ‘just’ 35  knots cost me 9 miles in the wrong direction. When things go wrong and it’s windy, it takes a while to sort out, especially alone. I will prepare early for tonight’s entertainment, which is promising 30 – 35 knots for almost 24 hours, so there will be more. I have been living in my Ursuit drysuit for the past few days – excellent – it really is dry. It’s not coming off anytime soon! At times it has been so rough that moving anywhere is risky, so I have also been wearing my crash helmet down below.
It must be almost dawn, but still deep black night, impossible to tell the sea from the sky. Civilised wind speed and direction now, and it’s almost dry on deck. I got stuck in a no-wind hole for a while, so did some repairs, including a sail which is now aloft. The job list is quite long! If I had been closer to land, I would have made a pit-stop.
All those competitors who went to seek shelter made a smart move!

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