Its been pretty hard work the last few days, a high pressure system blocked our path to the ice gate. We've worked hard to keep the boat going, often ghosting along at 2 knots, searching for the extra 10th of a knot to keep ahead of the rest, its much harder driving a boat like this at low speeds rather than high, so we have been changing the helm more frequently and trying to keep each other going.
The breeze finally kicked back in around 1400UTC and we were finally free of our high pressure chains. as we approach the ice gate the sea temp is dropping, it was 24c this am and not its down to 16.3c, which means additional layers are being put on. The sea state has also picked up, making life a little more uncomfortable, fortunately the boat speed is picking up though!