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1400 25 August 2010

Ned is our very own action man and source of strength, but unusually hissuperpowers seem to come with an inbuilt kryptonite.

Every time Ned does something on deck he has thrown up. If he pulls themain on, he's next seen spewing off the back. If Ned lashes the sailafter a reef, then he's running down the deck to the aft rail to vomit.Sail change, ditto. We were concerned, then amused and now relieved. Heate some lamb curry for lunch and so far he's kept it down. Mind you, hehasn't been on deck since lunch either. Let's hope our action man canovercome the evil powers within.

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Another grey morning in the north sea! We have about 145 miles to go now toMuckle Flugga and I think we are all looking forward to getting into somelighter conditions.

We are fully upwind, and the boat has been slamming really hard all night.Its pretty hard for the helmsman to pick the waves right and avoid thelarge potholes that are nicely hidden behind some of the waves.

The wind is between 22-30, so right on our crossover for the jib. Every timewe feel a bit slow, and the boat is not heeled enough, you get a massiveincrease in breeze, and if we had changed would be totally on our ear, so weare also waiting for for some more stable conditions.

We are pretty happy with our position for now with 12 or so hours to thecorner where we hope we can stretch our legs a little. The race has beenvery fast and intense up until now, and its amazing to see how muchdistance we have covered already.

Last night we sailed past the latitude of Edinburgh, which is both the homeof our sponsor Artemis and the port of registry of the boat. It had takenjust over 24 hours to get to this point, and would have been tempting to popin for a cup of tea and some friendly faces!!

We are now level with Ducansby head and the very top of Scotland, about 59north - so we are getting there. The temp is down already and more and morelayers are going on. I think everyone is pretty tired now, and we are allwaiting for a change in conditions. There is not so much water coming overthe deck (as I type that a massive wave has nailed Mikey helming - ooops)which is good.

We are struggling a bit to make water, so Gareth and I will have to have acrack at that on the next offwatch. Typical as everything was working finebefore the start! Always the way.

The boats got that lived in smell now, which is nice! I dont have asleeping bag, so have not got out of my oilskins yet, mmmmmm. Pretty sure Iam going to win the 'golden blanket' award, so I going to push for a record,no point fighting the inevitable!

ok, thats all for now,

Cheers, from Artemis Ocean Racing

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0600 24 August 2010

The bright ball of a moon is setting over Lowestoft as the myriad ofship lights find competition with the rising sun. We have made goodprogress over the night, with the tidal gates turning under us andcarrying Concise2 through the Dover Straits. The breeze is still asteady 20-25 from the SW and the broach-reaching conditions are fast,the Class 40 loves it. We have pushed hard in the night, and the creware tired. Dan stops eating his porridge momentarily to take a 5 minutenap in the companionway. He wakes up and finds the energy to keepeating.

0900

No rest for the navigator just yet. North of Lowestoft is hugeintersection of shipping lanes placed within the middle of a series ofsand banks and oil platforms. The helm and trimmers are patient with thecalls to head up 10, down 20, as we dodge the various obstacles. Thankgoodness for the AIS - 3 tankers seemingly on course to hit us wereshown to be travelling at 0.0kts. Anchored. The sandbanks stretch inthin lines to the North and East. We have lost count of the number ofcardinal marks.

1200

A long dark arm of cloud stretches across the sea ahead. A huge windshift to the right, rain and a solid 30 knots. What? That wasn'tforecast to happen now. Reef, bear away, bodies on deck, turn on theFleet broadband. Satellite pictures show a mini-system, squall-like,passing across the east of England, spinning into the main low offNorway. There is an unpleasant half an hour and it is gone. The sun isback out and everyone is getting a bit more rest.

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1900

An occluded front past us an hour back, so we've reefed in and out untilnow the skies are clearing again. But the wind has shifted to the NW,making our progress north slow considerably as we punch through a livelysea state. It is wet on deck. Already there are 'waterproof' socks hungup to dry and grimaces to be seen when it comes to putting on wet boots.We are just passing Tom Dawson's home town near Newcastle. He says weshould stop for some fish and chips.

0100 25 August 2010

The breeze swings left and we use it to inch West of North as best wecan. Tonnere can be seen on the AIS, just on our port quarter. Their IRCstyle boat is catching us in these upwind conditions.

0300

The wind shifts back to the right and stabilises, and our heading veerswith it. Our track on the screen resembles a drunken swagger -if onlythat meant we had some whisky onboard! It is getting very cold on deck.

0700

We have passed Edinburgh on the left and Denmark on the right. The seastate is reducing somewhat, although every few minutes there is a nastyshort one that launches us into the sky to fall down with a thunderousthud.

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