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The 6pm watch change has just finished. This got busy with the number 3 coming down for repairs and the nr4 going up.

This was a heavy 6 hours trying to gain on encore, now insight. Heavy squalls, with beam on seas, beating into over 30knots as we pass the lincolnshire coast.

Hadn't realised the scale of the gas rigs.

No time for the joke book this time, pot noodles and cup-a-soup, very nice with light sea water.

So Gareth, Brett, Gary. And Ken are off till 10. Stephen, Nick, John and Martin are on for the first of the 4hour stints overnight.

Ken

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It's 615 and we're off the Thames having changed watches at 6. Nick's now on helm with John on main. Steven on Nav with Martin in the cockpit. Gareths brewing up with Brett, Gary and me already off for a kip.

The night went well with the Jibtop doing its job. Wind on the beam around 15knots, building to low 20's from 430am. Gary did lots of helming, and being a tiller man, he is quickly sorting his nemesis otherwise known as 'the wheel'. Gary also handled the Nav getting us through the tricky stuff after the huge spooky windfarm.

Gareth's huge joke book came out at 5. Its a cheap one and not for sensitve types. There's a scottish section for later in the week. Like the one about........

Now for a snooze while Nick, Steve, John and Martin reach us up the Anglian coastline. The big questions for today are 'do we go to the number 3'?, 'can we be bothered to catch Encore!'. And 'will the joke book survive?'

Ken Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device

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Well we are 2 miles from Ramsgate. Now on the two watch system, 66444hrs.

Nick, Steven, Martin and John having a snooze.

Brett's on the helm with Gary on the main. Gareth getting the weather update and doing the nav(thank fully) and Ken (me) doing the blog.

Bearing 20degrees ish.

Wind has dropped to 11 knots, clear starry sky with the full moon behind us.

The run along the south coast was great with 30+ winds and some good surfing.

Were all suprised to hear leopard has retired, it's one less to beat!

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