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3 May 2002, 10:44 am
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Jules Verne Trophy

08:03 GMT <I>After struggling to stay on starboard jibe for most of last night we were finally forced onto Port Jibe at around 05:00GMT due to fading winds, an indication that we were getting too close to the centre of the high pressure.</I>
We are now heading NW again after having been heading straight for the finish at 20kts for a good portion of yesterday. We estimate about 5-6 hours more in this direction and we should find enough wind to Jibe back.

Progress has been fantastic...a lot better than first predicted. Now we are clearly looking at the finish in detail on our chart software. I have longed for this period of the course.

We are encountering an amazing amount of sea life which is both exciting and concerning. Yesterday we saw a whale breaching in the distance...fantastic though I am glad it was in the distance. plenty of Dolphins around which is always entertaining.

Bright red sunrise this morning. JB woke for his watch this morning..proceeded to get the rest of his team out of bed and on deck only to realise that they were an hour early.

The nights are getting chilly, tomorrow we should be in full wet weather gear blasting along in 25kts of wind with rain squalls.

Sad news last night that the girls on Amer Sports too in the VOR were dismasted. Very difficult times for Lisa and her team. Our thoughts are with them.

It's mid morning 2nd May. Our computer estimates an ETA of 3 days 6 hours. we shall see. Its definitely getting exciting. I am developing that child like emotion awaiting Santa.

Nick Moloney/News Editor
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