> The smell on deck changes, not because the hatches are open, though because we are close to the coast of Ireland. The air smells different to the air out on the ocean. It smells fresh.
> Offshore the air smells fresh as well but cleaner. It almost smells like there is nothing influencing it. When you take a deep breath you feel it running through your lungs. It feels cold and cosy at the same time.
> It's similar to the feeling you get when it starts to rain after a hot and humid summer day. When the rain starts at night and you open the windows you feel the fresh and cold air rushing trough the windows. It is a feeling which is nice to remember when you are in a big city like New York where you almost feel the pollution on your skin.
> The close distance to land makes it possible to get connection to the real world. On deck you can hear the boys calling home. We are almost back to real life. Nobody missed the phone connection but as soon as it is possible to get connection again they are trying everything to get connected.
> All these are the first signs that the adventures turns to his end. We still have 220 miles to the finish and will fight until to the end trying to make the route so far north paying of.
> Out here in the Irish Sea we are close to Fastnet Rock. It makes us dream about our next race in about a month and also about the fact, that this place of the ocean can be very rough. It reminds us that the Atlantic showed us his calm side with wind speeds never over 40 knots trough out the race.
> We are sill busy and working hard to keep the speed up. Our on land crew is doing a fabulous job amending hotel reservations, booking flights and shifting luggage from one place to the other.
> By the way, the on land rumours that we are starving out here are wrong, we are just stretching our food a bit and we know, hungry wolf fight better...