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Solo round-the-world sailor and skipper of HUGO BOSS

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Sticking Together Through the Strong Winds

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2013 | (15:27)

On Saturday I decided to change my course to stay with Jean-Pierre Dick, just until I knew that he was happy with the boat and had made his decision about what to.

The front passed over myself and JP and I stayed close to him to make sure he...

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A Shock as Jean-Pierre Dick Loses His Keel

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2013 | (18:29)

I am shocked and gutted at the news that JP Dick has lost his keel. JP has sailed an awesome race and does not deserve this to happen to him. He has worked so hard and maintained his third position despite having to climb the mast countless times. I am...

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Exiting the Doldrums

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2013 | (22:02)

I had my easiest doldrum crossing ever Saturday with only two big black clouds and a slight slow down. I was lucky that as I was crossing the area, the doldrums were moving south and I was quickly into the north easterly trade winds. Feels great to have ticked off...

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The Run Up to the Doldrums

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2013 | (16:54)

The weather files show my doldrum crossing point should be less painful than the others, but I have heard that one before and we will have to wait and see. I will be in the doldrums in two days from now and then back to going upwind again. I have...

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Varying Winds Up to the Equator

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2013 | (18:56)

I feel like I had proper trade winds for the first time Monday morning which seemed to be a little more consistent than Sunday, and I slowly moved more to the east which allowed me to go a little faster. The forecasted winds are not supposed to be very strong...

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Hydrogenerator Finally Back In Action!

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2013 | (18:52)

The big news is my hydrogenerator bracket is finally finished and the hydro is currently filling my batteries fully for the first time in a month! It has been a very long process from when the hydro broke off in a collision a month ago, but I am pleased I...

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Some Final Rest Before The Last Stretch Home

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2013 | (17:33)

On Saturday morning I was in sight of the Falkland Islands, which is topical as I hear they have been in the news a lot this past week! From what I can see they're incredibly flat! Saturday was another sunny day, which is good, conditions are considerably better than they...

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A New Milestone Rounding Cape Horn

(0) Comments | Posted 4 January 2013 | (12:06)

At 02.38GMT this morning I achieved a new milestone as I rounded Cape Horn, it is a huge achievement for me and the team behind me. This is the third time I have rounded Cape Horn, but the first on my own. But there has been no time to relax...

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Dodging Ice Around Cape Horn

(0) Comments | Posted 3 January 2013 | (20:25)

Morning! I spent most of last night sailing in a SE direction waiting for the wind to shift to the NW so I could gybe. It felt a little strange being south of Cape Horn and still heading south but now the shift has come and I have gybed this...

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Good Morning From the Southern Ocean!

(0) Comments | Posted 2 January 2013 | (17:24)

Good morning from the southern ocean! It's been a fast night on board HUGO BOSS which is reflected in the miles that I've gained to the three in front. I have slowed a bit this morning as I pass through a weather front, but that should be the last front...

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Passing A Milestone In The Vendee Globe

(0) Comments | Posted 28 December 2012 | (15:45)

It was really tough last night, gusting up to 40 knots and big seas. 40 knots down here feels like 50 knots in the high latitudes you have to continually ease the sheets in the gust making it impossible to get any decent rest. Despite the tough night I'm pleased...

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The Holidays on HUGO BOSS

(0) Comments | Posted 27 December 2012 | (13:40)

The wind over Christmas day eased down and allowed me to catch up on some much needed rest as the previous 24 hours had been hard work with many sail changes and reefs in and out. I expected the wind to be stable but it was fluctuating from 22-40 knots,...

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Christmas in the Southern Ocean

(0) Comments | Posted 24 December 2012 | (12:28)

I crossed the international date line at around 6am this morning so I am now sailing behind GMT. However, I am still working on GMT in everything I do on the boat, and because I don't sleep normally at night time, it doesn't make a huger amount of difference to...

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Christmas in the Pacific Ocean

(0) Comments | Posted 21 December 2012 | (14:55)

I've just entered the Pacific Ocean, the largest expanse of water on earth, and just crossed the half way mark of the 24,000 mile race. I'm 41 days in, there is still a long way to go and the next part of the race will be the most remote.

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Firmly Back in the South

(0) Comments | Posted 20 December 2012 | (17:29)

I am firmly back in the south now after my brief excursion further north, and my meeting with cyclone Claudia which turned out to be a little disappointing. Anyhow I was slightly worried about getting back to the south, although it was a difficult time, now I am here so...

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The Whole World Turned On Its Side

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2012 | (17:33)

I was in my bunk this morning when the pilot accidently gybed the boat in about 25 knots of wind. It was not an enjoyable moment in an instant having your whole world turn on its side. I felt the boat start to go and jumped out of my bunk...

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Deep in the Waves

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2012 | (15:37)

Conditions have changed considerably since yesterday, I am currently sailing in 23-36 knots of wind with a very disorganised sea. I am struggling to make the boat go fast as when I'm sailing, she constantly buries her nose deep into every wave we go down, I'm constantly submitted in water....

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Update From the South of Australia

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2012 | (17:25)

I'm currently in fourth place as I sail past the south of Australia. I've slowed down slightly today as the wind is light this morning and will continue to get lighter as I sail into what is left of the ex cyclone Claudia and line up for the next system...

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In 'Shut Down' Mode But Feeling Back To Normal

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2012 | (15:24)

I'm still without the use of one of HUGO BOSS's hydrogenerators, which means I'm in 'shut down' mode, turning on the power as little as possible in order to conserve as much as I can until I'm able to put the working hydro into use.

My easterly route for...

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Repairs Complete But Still A Long Way To Go

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2012 | (16:16)

Firstly thank you all for the messages of support regarding my emergency repairs via Facebook and Twitter. I am downloading my emails a couple of times a day when I get the weather so I still get them all.

Still very fast sailing and very bumpy out here but the...

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