One of the last sleeps skippers could enjoy before they start might even be a quick Christmas Day nap on the settee, but for sure they can say goodbye to long nights of unbroken sleep. Some will now start to tailor sleep patterns towards what they will follow once they are racing, so progressively cutting back their night sleeps and building in a sleep during the day. And in general most solo or short handed ocean racers choose to bank as much sleep as they can as they approach start day.
Looking back it is not so long ago that sailors making long trips had to make the key choice between light weight and taste. But now, thankfully, technology and demand means that there is more and better choice in freeze dried foods. But the lack of fresh food and the limited choice of diet does mean eating remains a chore, part of the daily routine during the three months, rather than any kind of pleasure. There is some solace, one imagines, in that it used to be much worse – everything tasted chocolatey and sugary.
Managing emotions, getting rested and occasionally being able to switch off from the stress are just some of the ideals which can make the 90 days of racing on the Barcelona World Race feel less intense.
Aleix Gelabert (One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton):
We are in the middle of the Indian Ocean. We are harder to find than a needle in a haystack ... Here, although we are two, we spent many hours alone, because sometimes when you're awake the other sleeps and rests of the previous guard ... That makes us much time to think.
Position 53 Degrees 34 South 101 Degrees 07 West 1000 Nautical Miles to Cape Horn
You’ve heard me talk about the cold, and with the sea water temperature now down to 7 Celcius as we traverse a spur of cold water pushed up from Antartica, it keeps getting colder. However, I’m not one to sit by and shiver so I thought I would tell you a little about what I am doing to stay comfortable and ready to perform down here.