I have to start by thanking all the followers who have come to view my exploits from following Jessicas blog, and thank you to Jessica. I am still amazed at what she is doing, she must have the mental strength of someone twice her age to cope so well with what she faces every day on her own. I have only been out here a week and mentally its tough going. All my little everyday struggles do seem to have a point to them when I read some of the blog comments. Thank you for such positive thoughts coming my way, it really lifts the spirits and keeps the fire burning within. And believe me its bloody cold outside so fire anywhere is a good thing! Yes the icy Antarctica winds were blowing my way at around 20knots yesterday, the boat has been sailing along beautifully but I have been needing to restrict time spent outside due to the icy cold wind and rain. Hence the cockpit floor is covered in a mess of ropes currently as a consequence of my poling and then unpoling the jib. I am sure sorting that out will be my days task. What might take an able bodied person 10 minutes to do may take me a few hours so all these little jobs do add up. One job that kept me busy yesterday was rigging up another boom brake as the rope on it broke. Dragging my backside up on to the deck is very slow going. I have found that I am far better to take my time in thinking through solutions to any challenges that come up than panicking and wasting energy in not coming up with a good solution. The boom brake was one of those times. The less I have to get up on to the deck the better, so when I do I want to make sure it will work so I don't have to go out there again. Did manage to get out and rig up a boom break of sorts, it works, I'll have to keep an eye on it.
Have now journeyed below forty degrees. Yeehaa, almost halfway (or the point of no return!)