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Come on guys Conrad needs another 15000 euros to get to the start line. A few of us have made pledges. I have no connection to Conrad just watched his previous efforts and want to see him do the Vendee. He's working really hard to get to the start line using his own limited resources and sponsors

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THURSDAY 9 JUNE

“If something’s worth doing once, its worth doing twice, thrice, ad infinitum. Thats the lesson of the day as squalls and marrauding rain clouds turned the once stable wind from the NE into a squirrelly mess. Changing between the big jib in upwind mode, to reaching mode and back, followed by hoisting the big gennaker, almost gybing and then deciding not to as the wind shifted again. It’s been non-stop this morning.

The most frustrating moment was after deciding to gybe when the wind was almost from the south and then moving all the sails from one side to the other in preparation of the maneuver, only to find that the wind had shifted 60 degrees in the time it took and now I had to push them all back the other way, only this time fighting gravity. To give you a visual image of what this entails, imagine wresting an aligator in a slippery black hole, in the dark, on a roller coaster and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what my morning looked like. Ah the diverse joys of sailing, having to go all Indiana Jones before the first cup of coffee!

Reptile wrestling aside, its a beautiful sunny day now the rain has gone and its a pleasure to be out here. The  ocean’s blue is back after days of grey streaked with white”

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Very tempting. He seems to be so eloquent and will have lots if interesting stories (and one would hope footage) to share. I am in aAckland on the Thursday. I wonder if I can convince the boss that I need to stay there for Friday too.

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