Tonight the moon is behind the clouds so the night is quite dark. Feels also colder, big jackets are out. On the rail most of the time as we are upwind sailing onto Malta, still with the north easterly winds. They are not as strong as before, although very regular; we are now sailing around 9 knots boat speed. The water state is calm which makes this leg very smooth and comfortable. We believe Stig is about 8 or 10 miles behind us. Close sailing, a 600 mile match racing! All good on-board, the watch system is still on, some in bunks, some on deck, some at navigation chart anticipating the best move until arrival in Malta. Few dolphins accompanied us for a little bit; they left us maybe as they did not think interesting to follow this awkward carbon fibre machine floating in a straight line and not bouncing in and out of the water like they are!

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