Salamander, Friday 24 May. We are just loving the back of the front. That big, dark red beast on Skipper's PredictWind screen arrived bang on schedule, bringing gusts of plus-40, big seas and threw buckets of cold rain over the poor souls on watch. Salamander rollicked along under staysail and slightly reefed mizzen, which brought us through unscathed. Today is all about sunshine, hot showers and decks festooned with wet gear and smelly boat shoes. There is still no answer on whose are the smelliest as no judge has survived the assessment process. I hope other boats also came through without problems.
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