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Blue Pepper - Blue Pepper - day 9, 27/11

Life aboard the good ship Blue Pepper is now well settled into the routine of ocean sailing, although the days vary greatly with the weather of course.

Yesterday (Sunday 26th) was particularly special as Peter celebrated his 60th birthday in the middle of he Atlantic. The last of the lettuce was still in good shape as the base for a salad to go with the steak and a decent bottle of red, then some ship-baked cake - all of which made a proper birthday dinner. All the while we rolled along through our third continuous day under Parasailor, making 183 miles - our daily record so far.

Today the weather has been a little more spicy! We planned to drop the spinnaker to deal with some chafe issues after several days aloft, but the gathering wind brought that decision earlier in the day - when we switched to first code 0 then regular main and genoa. This proved fortuitous as we quickly found ourselves in wind gusting up to nearly 30knts near some light squalls. We ended up rolling out the twin headsails - which has been a brilliantly stable and fast rig on this trip so far.

The route deep south seems to be paying off, with decent wind and fab sailing conditions.

All having a great time!

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