Author: Sue Warren

Day seven has been consistent sailing. The past 24 hours have been spent on the same course making great progress West through fairly light breeze.Of course there is always some entertainment to break up the day! One more fish caught but released as it was too small, Two Tuna nearly landed but got off the hook at the last minute and an armada of flying fish attacked the boat and crew in the dead of night! No one was seriously injured, just ended up a bit fishy. The morning has been spent finding all the flying fish that escaped notice last night and clearing them off of the deck. It's amazing to watch them gliding out of the water but once they are on the boat and you notice the smell they lose a lot of their charm!After clearing up the carnage from the battle the crew have settled back

Day six brought steadier conditions and more fishing success to the Jua Kali crew!We have been headed WSW now for almost 24 hours, using what has built into a fairly steady 10-15 knots of wind to power us along under spinnaker all day and night. A sliver of moon was visible for a couple of hours just after sunset but it swiftly set as well leading to a mostly moonless and clear night again, interspersed by a few clouds (some of which looked angrier than others so we avoided them).We caught our third Mahi Mahi around lunch time which we promptly got marinating and ate as ceviche, only to catch another (larger) one as soon as we put the lines back in the water after! This one we actually cooked and had baked for dinner later. We are now at a total of 4 fish caught and eaten which has made

Six days in and (now we've finally found the iPad) time for an update from Team Rocket Dog II (track us on https://share.garmin.com/6FA5P).It has been a week of firsts: 360-degree sunsets, flying a spinnaker, reefing a mainsail in the dark in winds gusting 30+knots, showering once (and only once) and trying to keep track of socks in a 40x10' space with 10 other people and ten kilos of oranges - no chance of scurvy on this boat.Sunday we started out well, through the acceleration zone and south to try and miss the dreaded wind holes across this part of the Atlantic. Made good progress, split into watch teams and by Monday were in steady wind of 10-18 knots. Dolphins, shooting stars, pilot whales and flying fish all in the first 24hrs

7 days at sea and love every minute. We were treated with a pancake breakfast this morning, a perfect start to our Sunday and celebrating a week at sea. The crew are gaining lots of experience as the race progress which will come in very handy as we chase down the competition to the finishing line. Not really a novice crew any longer. James (Foster) received an surprise visit from Fiona the flying fish much to the delight of the rest of the crew. You had to be on board to appreciate this one, hilarious. We adjusted our clocks on board by an hour today, one extra hour of rest for port watch. The clocks are turned back by an hour every couple of days, nice and gentle. No showers for 7 days! Say no more

Blog from James Foster today. Our progress is bit slow at the moment. Firstly to my lovely mother, yes I am being careful, stop worrying!!We are now nearly a week into the race and things have fallen into a vague routine. You’d think all the hours we spend on deck would get monotonous, but every day brings its own set of little things to enjoy, be it Harry directing people around the boat like a chessboard to try and squeeze an extra percentage of speed, or Simon’s electronic misadventures. If anyone is interested, there is a drone somewhere on the bottom of the ocean around two hundred miles off the coast of west Africa. Our skipper Gareth has been the perfect leader for our crew. He has known exactly when to remind us to sharpen our focus on keeping the boat going fast, when to radiate confidence in our progress, and

Today James Harrison is the man behind the blog. Today is Day 6 of racing. The previous days now seem blurred, defined not by sunrises and sunsets, but by shifts on and off. The day breaks down into multiple shifts 6 hours long, or 4 hours at night, shared between 2 watches. The unpleasant 2am alarms and 10am bed times are made bearable by the incredible scenery. Though the sights rarely change, it’s hard to be bored of a sky illuminated by only starlight, and sunrises over an empty ocean.We’ve befriended various dolphins along the way, who I like to think are guiding us home. Their appearance is usually the highlight of any watch. I initially was worried about the sleeping situation: small, shared bunks hardly appeal, but the levels of fatigue endured make any spot seem like the softest mattress. I have found the logbook to make an unexpectedly

Day Five brought us a lot more change than day four did.First it was time to come back down South West towards the trades which meant getting the A5 down and hoisting one of the symmetric spinnakers. Unfortunately the one we hoisted first turned out to have a couple of small tears in (probably from the last time it was dropped) so we brought that down to repair and instead hoisted the red and yellow "dragon" spinnaker.The wind has been a little confused, not being able to decide if it wanted to be 15 knots or 5 or even from the North or East. This has made for difficult driving and tricky trimming but with a lot of effort and concentration it seems we are nearly back into some consistent pressure.The afternoon brought our second fish, another beautiful mahi mahi which we marinated for a couple of hours in soy

Ian - Port Watch 1828 27/11/19Stakes were high last night as the crew undertook its first night watches without the anti-wrap net (a piece of equipment that stops the kite sail wrapping around the forestay). Wrapping the sail could risk ripping it or damaging the boat. We got through the night unscathed, but had veered slightly off course and payed for it today with very weak winds. But, having sat though a couple of very slow hours this morning, winds are on the up and we are currently trying to outrun the light patch before turning west towards St Lucia. Besides, we had brownies for pudding!Although you’re never alone on deck, when the horizon all around you is empty, the boat can feel very isolating. Living with a mental health condition can also be very isolating, both for those being challenged by it directly as well as those supporting them.