An update from 1st place, 36 nautical miles in the lead.

“Wow what stunning sailing conditions we have had since Fastnet. Downwind in 15-20 knots, planing conditions with the big spinnaker, and a chance to dry everything out following a very wet first few days. An incredible contrast.

“Whilst writing this at 0030 GMT, we have just sailed back past Land’s End and into the Channel, which is a great feeling indeed considering the distance we have managed to build up. Right now it is a very dark night and there is an incredible phosphorescence streaming behind the rudders. As we approach the northern shipping lane ships are passing us like distant ghosts.

“Despite having a strong lead, Pablo and I are continuing to push the boat as hard as possible. We have only recently managed to start getting into a bit of a routine and sleeping enough, as we were pretty fatigued from the first couple of days, particularly the leg down to Tuskar. It has not been warm either. I have been drinking copious amounts of tea to keep my core temperature up, and Pablo even resorted to wearing a survival suit for a couple of days. He looked ridiculous, but it was actually a good idea. I think he is a lot happier now he has managed to dry out his very sodden “dry socks”, which from my experience are always great until water gets inside, and then it’s game over.

“My freshly made porridge has given us a good boost to kick off the day. I am fairly sure Pablo likes this speciality of mine, although he does keep pouring in tea, so I’m not quite sure. It is great for lining the stomach though, re-energising, and feeling good is so important to making sound decisions and to sail fast.

“Next stop Guernsey, and we’re hoping to catch the tide at Alderney so keeping that pedal pushed and keeping an eye on the guys behind. Phil”