Didac Costa (One Planet One Ocean): "The Southerly wind – precursor of the SE trade winds that mark the end of the Doldrums - arrived last night. Before, during the day and the first part of the night, it was difficult to gain nm with very light winds and isolated squalls. During a period of calm I took the opportunity to dive and remove the remainder of the seaweed that was wrapped around the propeller. We had crossed an area with a lot of seaweed the day before. To remove those that are hooked on the rudders; I use a blade with a thin rope and a lead at its end. I get on quite well thanks to a technique that we developed with Aleix during the Barcelona World Race, but when they get caught in the propeller, there is no other choice than to furl the headsail, get into irons and try to go backwards. I had to do it a couple of times because, with the seaweed hooked up, the vibration transmitted to the engine is considerable and quite disturbing. The second time I did it, the seaweed did not completely disappear and I started wondering if it had been doing that noise before and had not noticed, if it was normal or not normal, etc. When I dived, I took the last piece of seaweed off and both the noise and the worry disappeared. With the sheets well trimmed and the new wind gradually strengthening we should be crossing the Equator sooner than later and so changing hemispheres. Les Sables d'Olonne is a long way away! I am starting to have a look at the positions reports more often and, although the distance to the boats ahead is enormous and the wind conditions are different, it is encouraging to see that you gain some miles on the others; it motivates you to push the boat even more and try to get the best performance out of her."