Crew member on GBR8191R British Soldier
As at 0600 Thu
The wind frustrated us all of Wednesday. With the promise of 10 knots now
and again, but mostly staying at 5-8, we have had our two spinnakers and
the No.1 Jib up and down in a bid for boatspeed. Thanks to Team Army our
new A2 looks great and is giving us every last drop of boat speed we can
gain. Our slow progress has worried us, with the knowledge of Relentless
hot on our heels. Meanwhile, crew are taking on a gradually more unkempt
appearance. "Beardwatch" is a full time activity. George's Zoidberg wisp is
coming along well; Barnesy has cultivated a ratty looking
number; Will resembles a spanish drug smuggler, Joe's looks like the Team
America Arab disguise - he is now known as "tufty", and the skipper's
mexican tache is thickening daily. Our wispy beards and wild hair is now
often paired with manical wild eyed bouts of hysterical laughter that occur
regularly, over things that are perhaps not that hysterically funny. And we
have run out of Ribena which has caused much angst among the younger
members of the crew.
Much sleeping has occurred thanks to calm conditions, which is seemingly
not able to relieve the fatigue that is affecting us all now, perhaps as a
result of the lull in the weather and general lower stress conditions.
Ration consumption is high now due to boredom and the luxury of two extra
man's rations; the daily haribo issue is consumed by 0900 every morning;
and so for the loved ones expecting us to lose a few pounds on this trip,
you may be in for a disappointment... !