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11/05 - 15h36

From Ari on Neste Oil

Finnish airline pilot Ari Huusela is competing in La Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe for the first time, racing his Pogo 40 Neste Oil  in the Rhum class. He reports that he suffered badly from seasickness these first two days but he is now on top form, lying in 10th place. 

All is very good now, first two days was really tough, I could not eat and I was on survival mode more than racing. It is always difficult to me to get back on racing mode after this survival one but now I am fully recovered. One mainsail battencar pin was lost (4 from top) luckily I had a spare one, just got to me before start, so it was easy to replace!

Otherwise boat is doing well, full batteries with Watt&Sea and autopilots working perfectly.

Feeling really good now with everything and so happy to be here working with my dream. For tomorrows really bad weather I have been preparing my storm jib and some other things to be as ready as I can, I will be back on survival mode then for one day.

Say hello to everybody, it was such a nice time in St. Malo, with all my family and friends, of course I am missing it but Guadeloupe will be amazing, to get back there since my first MiniTransat 1999 will be emotional!

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