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Blue Pepper - Day 15, 3/12

The last couple of days have been rather more eventful - after the skipper ruminated that ‘it would be nice to experience a proper Atlantic squall’, the weather gods immediately obliged with a procession of them. We all got soaked, the boat got a great wash down and for a short time it all felt a bit like being in the English Channel, except a lot warmer!

A few shackles and ropes got found out and there have been a lot more sail changes and a few trips to a wet, pitching foredeck - but Blue Pepper has carried us through marvellously.

Today was back to sunshine and fast sailing under the spinnaker. It’s beginning to feel that we are closing in on the end of this voyage - we are now less than 700m from St Lucia and clipping along at 8 knots most of the time. The crew, still in great form, is beginning to fantasise about what to order for our first meal ashore! Meanwhile we still have a few bananas left and plenty of melons - and the wine cellar remains comfortably stocked!

2,331 miles sailed, 685 miles to go.

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