Crew member on GBR9604R Nunatak

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Well it’s all happening here on Nunatak as we finally crossed the half way mark! HOORAY! But boy it was a long time coming.

Yesterday morning was particularly hectic as we had two squalls hit us in quick successions. Not sure if I’ve already mentioned but we don’t use snuffers, and drop our kites via the letter box. Which obviously means completely repacking each one each time. On a good drop I can manage to get the kite down the companion way all by myself. On a bad one Chris has to jump from behind the helm (in Ninja style!) to help me out. The second squall resulted in a particularly bad drop which required a major effort by us all...! Thankfully with no damage to kite or boat, but my porridge did fly across the deck and land in my already very smelly deck shoes. Yuck!

In other news the nights are now becoming a little bit lighter, and we’re able to see an amazing galaxy of stars. Including a lot of shooting stars. I saw one spectacular one last night, and made an extra special wish – that Chris would let me eat all the half way celebratory jelly beans to myself! Not all shooting stars make your wishes come true it seems.

My cooking skills have also reached new heights. For lunch today we had a tablespoon of Nutella and a handful of salted cashew nuts. I was able to persuade Chris that it was the right combination of protein, carbohydrates, sugar and salt to count as a nutritious meal for all top performing sailors...!

Wind is all over the place, in terms of direction, but grib files promises that it should be better soon. Keeping everything crossed for a faster second half.

Elin & Chris

P.S any Guardian readers out there – keep an eye out for Wednesday’s edition, where my digital health start up aparito is featured as one of the Nominet Trust top 100 tech social enterprises. Thrilled to hear the news, if a bit disappointed to be missing out on the party!