Sarah Mercedes - Day 7
The past 24 hours have been tough. Winds consistently above 30 knots and a monstrous sea state have been putting intense pressure on all the crew. Most of all because the auto pilot doesn't enjoy the wind and wave combination. Therefore, Graham and Steven and Rob are working around the clock at the helm with Pete B, Peter H and myself accompanying them. As darkness falls, the latter 3 must then bellow the true wind angle of the boat to the helmsman giving them the information they need to stop the boat for broaching. On a more encouraging note, we have fixed the generator (much to my relief, as a week of no showers would have left us smelling like pigs). We also expect the wind to ease and for steadier winds of 15 knots tomorrow. Although in the close future, a tough night follows.