Another day, slow but solid progress south along the Brazilian coast. And also, gradually catching some boats ahead after my detours during the first 14 days - at least now we are holding our own - and psychologically I am pacing myself - somewhat nervous of the Southern Ocean ahead.
And the raid on the first-aid kit to solve the salt-sores issue on my humble posterior is having effect. Its now comfortable to sit here again at the nav station. Through the angled window, of this spaceship type capsule, the sky is alive with stars, few clouds and no moon.
Currently it is full main, J 2 headsail, 10.2 knots of wind speed, 11.6 knots boat speed and sailing at an angle of 98 degrees. The hydrogenator is pumping out 24 amps and I am consuming 15 amps with full lights blazing on deck before going to sleep for 2 hours.
Why? With economic uncertainty, Brexit, economic problems, housing crisis and hospital trollies, why am I away doing this lap of the Planet? Away from all the daily clutter and 'guff'. Why run such an event at all?
Some say its madness (and I'm inclined to agree) but that's just a convenient way to describe what we can't describe or something we do not or cannot understand - such as the concept of infinity?
Anyway, this question about the Race, was best articulated by a French socialist politician representing the Vendee region. He was rationalizing why his local Government office were sponsoring the event.
"It's a celebration of the environment, the elements, life itself andman taking on the odds", says he, as he proceeded to fumble and dig into his wine and cheese at the cocktail reception. In Ireland he might be seen as a 'smoked salmon socialist'.
But we must move the cheese, cast a line, catch the salmon and dream, challenge ourselves, set targets - whatever they may be and go for it. Is to dream to do? Is a bad thought actually bad or a crime? Is to think to do?
It is paraphrasing from Thomas Moore, that today's Log ends
"I've often been told by learned shipmates
That wishing and the crime are one,
And Heaven punishes desires
As much as if the deed were done.
"If wishing damns us, you and I
Are damned to all our heart's content
Come, then, at least we may enjoy
Some pleasures for our punishment
on the ocean wave.
And penultimately to conclude, this night at sea, sure someday we'll all be a long time dead. So do it, whatever it may be.