Strong Winds and Rough Seas

06/12/2012 14:33 GMT | Updated 04/02/2013 10:12 GMT

I was surrounded by black clouds for much of the night last night, with wind from 10 to 30 knots and varying in direction by up to 50 degrees. I thought I would have lost some miles but it seems that I had better wind still than those to the north and those to the east of me which is good. The wind is back up to 25-30 knots now and the boat is moving around violently in big uneven waves.

Last night the wind direction indicator on the anemometer at the top of the mast broke and the boat Chinese gybed. Fortunately I was not in a 30 knot gust and I was awake so I was able to sort the situation quickly and without breaking anything which was very lucky!

I would like to start working again on the hydro generator but it is impossible to stand up at present let alone wield a screw driver, so I'll have to leave that until I'm in more stable conditions.

It is a very stressful environment onboard HUGO BOSS at the moment, and although I am happy the speed is up, I will be even happier when things calm down a little.

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