Alex Thomson: Not bedtime just yet

Alex Thomson: Not bedtime just yet

Tuesday November 20 2012 Author: Alex Thomson Hugo Boss Location: none selected

It was a really tough night last night and I haven’t been able to get any sleep. It was like one constant squall. It was monsoon rain for 7 hours straight. I had practically no wind at all so I have been steering by hand the entire time.

I think I am out of the Doldrums, but every time I go through the doldrums I always think to myself ‘now Alex, you know, whenever you think you’re out, it means that you’re not’. I get my dry clothes out and then bang, it starts all over again.

But I do think I am now out. I am sailing upwind. I am completely exhausted but I can’t get any sleep just yet. I have the boats all around me and I can see them, so I want to stay awake at the moment. Also three sail changes mean the boat is a bit of a mess, so I have to spend the next few hours tidying up and putting sails away. Then hopefully I can go for a bit of a rest.

It is a great feeling to be in 3rd, I am really happy to be up here at this point in the race, but it is all very close. I am just ready to get some sleep now!

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