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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!

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Video - https://vimeo.com/147853654

Sitting here on the beach in Grenada, sipping an iced “Ting" this lunchtime, it is very hard to imagine that less than 6 days ago we were leaving from Lanzarote in the Canary islands - 3000 miles directly upwind of here. So by my maths, we travelled more than 500 miles a day, not including all the zigging and zagging to get downwind...So 500 miles a day point to point, and on one day we had less than 10 knots of breeze the entire time - so that meant plenty of high speed blasting on other days to get that average up. Our 678 mile day certainly helped.

It is a truly amazing route.. As Paul Allen, who sailed with us, and has done many California and Hawaii races, has said, this was the best race course he has ever sailed on.. With days of the most perfect sailing conditions in the world, who can argue, probably not even Columbus, the first to make this trip. And the fact that this second itineration of the RORC Transatlantic race will happen every year, and with so many boats wanting to cross the Atlantic in a more sporting way - I can only see the event getting bigger, rather like the Caribbean 600 which has organically grown from small beginnings.

But for me, the icing on my 6 day cake was the match race we had with Concise10. Its been fun, intense, stressful and a learning experience to race in such close quarters for so long..Yes, we may not have been in visual contact much of the time, but we were never more than 2 hours apart, so in very similar conditions, and at every sched we were pushing each other to be 1 knot, .5 knot or.2 knot faster or 1 or 2 degrees lower. One design racing at 30 knots hour after hour, and as the boats are so well made, I am not concerned about the boat not taking the punishment, its more - can we take the punishment the boat can meet out a high speeds..

Brian and boys singing out..

Crew of Brian Thompson, Miles Seddon, Sam Goodchild, Paul Allen, Pete Cumming and Henry Bomby

Crew member on GBR9604R Nunatak

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Hi Louay,

Hope all well and that you’re partying hard in Grenada. Hope all our blogs have been coming through, sorry about limited photos but we don’t have the right software to compress. Would really appreciate if you could add my JustGiving weblink to the end of this blog. Big thanks, Elin X

What a contrasting 24 hours. We’ve barely had any wind and making very slow progress as a result. Highlight of the day has been bilging the water from the forepeak.

Not sure Chris will appreciate me sharing this with the world, but I think it’s funny to share (the caring nursing instinct in me coming out). You see, Chris has a little problem – ear wax! Which generally means he whispers (thinking that he’s talking normally), so I can barely hear him. In response I have to talk at the top of my voice, which he still barely hears. It makes for an amusing conversation when we’re discussing which flavour noodles to have for lunch. Not so much when I’m on the bow and he’s on the helm though. Makes for having to use a lot of hand gestures! Not all of them suitable for day time TV viewing.

As a result I spend most of my time ploughing through the medical kit wondering what I could use to attack his ears with. Chris on the other hand seems more than happy to be only hearing only 50% of what I say. I can’t possibly imagine why ...

Despite our minor on board inconveniences, we both feel extremely lucky to be able to have the chance to do this race. Extremely lucky that our health (minor temporary hearing loss aside!) allows us to do it. Luck not granted to all.

As with all my adventures I hope that my two handed sail across the Atlantic will raise awareness about the amazing charity that I passionately support in my work – Findacure. Findacure work to support patients living with rare disorders. There are around 7000 different rare disorders, affecting around 32,000,000 patients in Europe. 50% of them being children. Collectively therefore they are not rare. Findacure works to promote patient empowerment and drug repurposing – that is, research to the use of already available drugs for different conditions, but because of the small number there is not enough commercial incentive by pharma.

In the pre Christmas build up, if you could spare a couple of pounds and donate, I’d really appreciate. I’ve set a target of £3000 (a £1 a mile) which would be enough to run three patient group workshops. More information on www.findacure.org.uk

Donate here (PLEASE ADD LINK FOR ME HERE LOUAY / TISH)

Off to make another scrumptious dinner of wax flavoured noodles.

Elin & Chris

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quick update:

up and running, got a good breeze now, sun shining and boat going quickly and sun shining so everyone in good humour

been out for 7 days now and about half way with the second half sure to be much quicker so hopefully in sometime Friday

mike