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Race 1 - Day 3

Switzerland - Chris Paxton

03 SEP 2013 - Race 1

Day 2 of the race. The predicted high has arrived... in full force. Or lack of, rather. All day today we have been struggling with a lack of wind and scorching heat. Helming in these conditions requires iron concentration from the helmsman or woman, and the trimmer. We established a great routine though, with someone calling the wind and boat speed at all times and are trying to remain patient and motivated. It's good practice for the Doldrums we have been told. Every little increase in boat speed brings great joy to the team.

Some of us have also appreciated the calmness of the boat. It gives us some time to find our sea legs and get some energy back into us, after a rather windy, choppy and wet race start yesterday (and a very busy time for the lazaret buckets!).

The watch system is well under way. The mothers are producing great food in the galley. And today we had our first fun and games session. We played a spinnaker quiz. The highlight must have been the selection of our human buzzers. Imagine a 70 year old gentleman imitating a buzzer in his lowest voice. "Buuuuuuuuzzzzzzzz". It brought great laughter to the whole crew!

It's 1am now. I get to go off watch in an hour. Tomorrow is my mothering day. That means getting up early and cooking for the crew all day long. But also means a day out of the scorching sun and a full night's sleep. I'm looking forward to it.

Good night to all of you at home and best wishes from all of Switzerland. Send us some wind if you can!