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Day 10

TWS 14-18

TWA 145, VMG running

Boat Speed, 10k

Day 10 out here and life is good, it's important to look around sometimes and really enjoy the great times we are having. We are in slightly lighter pressure then usual but still moving well and we seem to be holding with the competition. It's sunny and warm and watches were flying by until we started sailing through massive amounts of sea weed. The stuff haunts us, huge patches with no way through, and no way to see them at night. Everyone on board has a different idea of how often we should back down (stop the boat and go in reverse to clear the keel and rudder) and some creative ideas are developing about how to clear the rudders underway. We think we loose a little over half a mile for every back down, but sometimes the weed can reduce boats speed by 1.5-2 knots so it's a funny opinionated game to see how often stopping is necessary.Often we will prep for a back down, only to have the weed come off seconds before then maneuver...classic. I'm writing this post after having some frustrating time at the helm so my hatred of the weed is at an all time high, perhaps it's not as bad is I'm making it sound!

Under 700 miles to the finish and we are pushing hard to keep our position. There are some potentially tricky spots up ahead so stay tuned to see how it works out!

As for the pic, imagine clumps of this stuff 100s of meters across.