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  Tuesday, 15 May, 2001, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK
MacArthur's diary
In her daily diary for BBC Sport Online, Ellen MacArthur says it's all go on board Foncia.
The Challenge Mondial is now four days old.
In her latest email to BBC Sport Online, Ellen MacArthur looks back on an "incredible" night's sailing, on day four of the Challenge Mondial.

It's been an incredible last 24 hours.

Yesterday we had a rising wind as we sailed out of the west side of a depression.

The conditions were fairly horrible - with a big swell and little wind - but, as the depression passed away to the east and we made southerly progress, the wind picked up to about 30 knots. 


It really was time to clip on, as even in the center cockpit we were being thrown about when hit by the waves
Ellen MacArthur
Boat speed became amazing and, although it was hard to see the screen, I did see a sustained 33 knots.

It was incredible sailing. Even this morning, my eyes are stll stinging. We were piling through the waves.

Solid water flying up through the trampoline, making it almost impossible to look forwards as the spray drove at us at 30 knots.

Foncia was off, and loving every minute of it.

It really was time to clip on, as even in the center cockpit we were being thrown about when hit by the waves.

As it grew dark, we continued to fire along, and it was not until forst light this morning that we had a flatter sea and clear sky.  

The cross seas yesterday made the ride even rougher.


Spirits remian quite high. We have just had a great dish of bacon and eggs and the sun has come out at last
Ellen MacArthur
Tonight we approach the Azores, and with a depression centered over the western islands it could make for more interesting racing.

Everyone is OK, although Monday did take its toll on us and we are all quite tired and damp. 

We are expecting more wind later and are still waiting to fully dry off.

But spirits remian quite high. We have just had a great dish of bacon and eggs and the sun has come out at last.

It was a long, cold and hard-working night and it's time to sleep and recover. . .

Ellen

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