FROM 1-27. Indian Ocean Examiner

Nov 01, 2005 – 0900hrs UTC

0900hrs 01 Nov 2005 UTC 39’34”S 031’24”E Ref 509

3934 3124 01/0900 73/37

DB: dmg 124, gps 128 seems reasonable. Another sail change – now broad reaching east with the cutdown and the trisail. 6’s and 7’s, but perhaps a smidgin of current against us. Grey thick overcast, solar giving us about half an amp – better than nowt! Generator sounding very close to the end, so saving for desperate times.

I reckon this feels like about 30 k in the marathon – seems we’ve had a few of those this year! – finish nowhere near in sight, the hard work still to be done and every metre a little Everest to be climbed. Every muscle complaining, feet sore and blistered. Head firmly in neutral, trying not to think about it else how would you ever go on doing it? Persistence and perseverance. And truckloads of patience.

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