FROM 2-12. Lisbon-Equator

Happy 50th Gordie

We're having a talk with Dr Murphy the better to celebrate in good health. Onya mate – go talk to your gargoyle about looking your age! Our little Coolgardie fridge has worked its magic overnight and Dr Murphy is satisfactorily cool.

And we've knocked over our first 100 miles since Lisbon. I wonder how the early Portugese sailors felt around about here – I'm playing with images of little, heavily loaded caravels and naus wallowing around in the sun and trying to catch enough breeze to send them south. Pennants, decorated sails, at least one priest per ship and religious statues and probably black hulls. And the three Trafalgar fleets must all have been close to here in the months before the battle.

Poor Berri is so heavy that she was doing her wave piercing act in the big rollers – no graceful climb over the top. They have subsided now – brilliant blue sky, a ship just passing astern pointing towards New York – about 10 knots of breeze and we're flopping along.

We're aiming for Madeira – more or less as the wind allows.

Position at noon 3721 01015 920 miles from Falmmouth but that includes up and down the Tagus.

Now 1630 – 24 hour run 128 miles.

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