Third week on the race has mostly been, put in one word, uncomfortable. No wind and upwind. Banging, slapping…. a rodeo that only Imoca’s can give you.

An important moment this week was deploying the UNESCO weather buyou. I dropped it off some time after crossing the equator and now it is sending the scientist imoportant data for oceanographic forecasts that help to analyze the oceans and climate change.

These drifting buoys are essential for real-time weather forecasts based on atmospheric pressure data, as well as for ship routing, pollution prevention and clean-up (oil spills) using current data.