45/52S 27/50E, 13.4 knots, surging 12 to 20, in strong winds 30-35 knots gusting higher. Distance sailed in last 24 hours: 258.3 nautical miles. A low pressure system is forecast for tomorrow night. The weather files showwinds 35-40, and for now, only 25, but the much stronger preliminary winds may suggest a much stronger storm wind. Have staysail and 3 reefs in main. Have storm jib hanked on and ready to go.

Put extra vectran lashings on two runner blocks after the terrible dismasting of Gitana 80. So disappointing as Loick Peyron is one of the giants of the sport. Sends a chill through me when that can happen to a boat and skipper that well prepared. And that far from home.

Will try to get some rest now.