An early morning Le Mans start
Nico is happy waiting to change headsails
All too soon, another cruising phase. We made anklets.
Just part of the madness that is Aberdeen Harbor
Eric seems very happy to have filled the tanks
During a rare calm spell over the Taiwan Banks we celebrated Chris' birthday – with a single balloon
There was much hilarity aboard…
…until Meg broke it.
When it's blowing 60 knots, it's a good day to be mother
Day after day of bashing into gales took its toll on our Yankee 3
The repair took teamwork and ingenuity
We used the galley as a giant embroidery frame
The betting started on arrival time (it's a whiteboard shot under red light). 13:13 on the 13th was the first guess
After the race was called, the sail inspection and repair team worked on deck
To complete our run of luck, our arrival into Qingdao was marred by the Henri Lloyd banner tearing and getting stuck most of the way up the rig. James went up to retrieve it, and we ended up with the banner in the water and James stuck most of the way up the rig. A camera drone was on hand to film the whole thing.
The fireworks made us jump out of our skins – but we were finally in Qingdao.
Roll on the Pacific.