Nick Moloney diary

The intrepid Aussies is now into the South Atlantic on board the maxi-cat Orange
It's a little strange to recap the past few days. In order to maintain sanity when undertaking such a long journey you develop a mindset that always has you looking forward and not in your wake. What is in the past is history and what lies ahead are hurdles and significant landmarks that we need to negotiate well in order to be successful. Three days ago we were 300miles north of the Equator with an average speed a little over 20kts. Then we hit the wall. The Doldrums were quite typical, very hot, squally etc. We conducted the usual under the water and on deck inspections when we were going slow enough. Our minds and focus clicked into a new mode as we all begun preparing ourselves for a long tour in the South. I'm not sure which is know what we are in for down there or to have absolutely no idea. We have a good mix of both on board and talk of what to expect, how we should conduct manoeuvres etc is frequent. Once in the Doldrums we began the slow crawl towards latitude 0. When you are racing a fleet in these waters you know that everyone is generally slowing but for us the clock keeps ticking and seconds are sill seconds, minutes still minutes. It's frustrating and concerning because you never know how long the calm will actually last... hours even days?? I managed to sleep through my 6th Equator crossing. It has been so hot below deck and nearly impossible to sleep during daylight hours so when you are tired enough, you take it. I think we were all a little knocked around by the quick decent into the tropics after a cold kick-off and struggled a little in the beginning. We are now over 18 degrees South