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It's nearly 0600 and except for a few naps during the night, Team SCA has

been up for 24hrs. "It's tiring," Annie said. "And the boys are sailing

fast. But, by no means, are we even thinking about giving up.

"At the moment, it's pretty much a drag race for all of us but definitely

for us," Libby said. Fortunately, Libby pointed out there is also a high

pressure moving in about 200 miles away, is near the Shetland Islands,

where we might make some gains.

It is definitely a drag race, except instead of car fumes and peel out

smoke, it is wind and waves, lots of waves. The waves are pretty unreal:

walls of white water, nearly reaching the first spreader that come flying

over the deck. Some crash over the cockpit filling it like a bathtub.

Others seemingly leap over the boat altogether and come fully down on the

four girls on deck. One wave completely knocked Annie off her feet as she

trimmed the main; only after the grinders were trimming the sail back to

life did Annie climb back to her feet again. Even virtually under water,

the girls are working incredibly, hard to make up for lost miles.

To date, this is the most sustained wind and seas we have seen over a 24

hour period ever (our top wind speed to date is 47kts during a squall).

This is great for learning more about the boat and ourselves in these

conditions. It has a been a fast and wet first 24hours, and as we reach

the top of the course, with the low pressure moving out and the high

pressure moving in Libby is expecting a beautiful sunset as we race around

the top of Great Britain

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