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The 0600 till 1200 blue watch has just finished. We are 112 miles off Berwick upon Tweed and only 94miles to Warkworth castle, our nearest land.

The sun is fighting through with wind 10 to 15 knots, still on the number four head sail.

Following a heroic effort 'stitch-em-up' Gary and 'no knits on me' Ken have fixed the damaged nr 5 using a range of stitch and patch combinations yet to be included in the yacht master syllabus. It is now back in the bag and ready to go. Red watch have a tough act to follow to mend the JT to a similar standard. Nick 'the needle' has taken on the challenge.

Encore is now back in site ahead. It seems she is following the rumb line. Gareth has opted to have us chase the wind. These are two very different tactics, wonder how it will finish? Apparently Encore and Cheeki Rafiki are identical boats and the exact same age, so its rather romantic that they are head to head on the RBI.

Behind us is the mysterious yacht 'baluga'.

The cabin has recovered following Gary's exploding balti rice experience. Gary has also recovered from his bruised pride having, flown horizontally across the same cabin and 'Cantona'd' the cooker during one of Ken's clumsier helming stints.

The gorilla tape remains unfound. It seems I'm in the frame as the prime suspect being the last to see the elusive roll. Will the maxim 'innocent till proven guilty' apply on Rafiki or will Ken meet with a sticky end as the gorilla tape saga rolls on?

The joke book may also have gone missing.

Ken Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device

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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!

Ken Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device

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