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Helen - Ed on board Helen

We have 590 miles to go which should take us about 3.5 days. The weather forecast is suggesting stronger winds so we may have some good sailing, but not yet, we are still motoring!

Last night I was chatting with the captain as to why sailors sail in the 21st century?

Firstly it is the sense of the achievement, beating the elements, living the dream or ticking a box on the bucket list. But it means more with different aspects for different sailors.

For some it's the thrill of the chase, getting to the next port ahead of the competition and squeezing every last drop of boat speed from the wind. Today's racing sailors know this well, as did the ships of old like the Cutty Sark or the Whalers.

For me and my 18 Atlantic crossings it's been about meeting new people, particularly the children on the ARC yachts that have looked after me so well.

For the captain it's about new places and their cultures. He loves islands and has visited the Hebrides, the Shetlands, the Channel Islands, a lot of Mediterranean islands, the Azores, the Canaries, the Cape Verde's and many Caribbean islands.

Where next? The captain and I are of to the Pacific, hitching a ride on different boats. More tomorrow.

Ed the Iguana,
On the way to the Galapogos with three more Blogs to go.

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