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Heartbeat IV - Day 8 - 9 - Laundry, Bilge, Sun!!

200mile+ run by midday 45 Monday. Another windy, squally, wet, electrical night but rain flattened water so last 12 h overnight straightlining at ~ 8.5 - 12k.

After sunrise big change in weather with sun and lighter breezes so have been using variously A2, A5 and # 2 with unreefed main. Managed to get everything dried pretty rapidly before became cloudy with a couple of showers.

Wind now SE about 10-15k doing about 8k. Lots and lots of flying fish, laundry done, watermaker working, sail repairs underway to #3.

Pics are of Ms Paterson, round-the-world sailor and sail repairer at work and the laundry team working under the supervision of Cabin Services Director - Ms Walker. The third is another of our 2012 Heartbeat IV December bruise collection! And the 4th is the bilge empting team.

In a separate blog we will show pics for the MoBro website for prostate and testicular cancer where Mr Blande today removed his month old Movember moustache for charity. If you log onto the MoBro site and search for Paul Blande, donations for charity can be made which would be nice. We think he holds the record for the moustache shaved off farthest from land this year at 21 28N 40 35W.

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