Captain's Log: Alex Thomson

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"I was surrounded by black clouds for much of the night with wind from 10 knots to 30 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. Wind is back up to 25-30 knots 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.

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

It is a very stressful environment onboard and although I am happy the speed is up I will be happy when things will calm down a little.

You can follow me on twitter @alexthomson99 for regular updates throughout the day.”

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