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 which will arrive quickly.
With the world's attention slowly but surely turning to the oceans and with advocates like the Prince of Wales who offer solid, pragmatic and realistic cases for change, perhaps a bright future is nearer than we think.
With another year over in the so-called Biodiversity Decade, one might lose heart that our natural resources will ever be saved from squander. But I don't, I have great hope for the year ahead. The reason? Good business is the best antidote for bad international politics.
Three US scientists say they now need a creative mind with a nice new hypothesis to better explain where ago such amounts of CO2 came from thousands of years - because the old one that climatologists have worked with just proved not to have been clever enough.