Have kept the wind all night and today, anything from 15 to 25kts, either on the quarter or dead behind, so a good noon-to-noon run of 153.5 sea miles. Have had both headsails poled out most of the time, but now under a combination of headsails and main, all suitably reefed, and making around 7kts. The sea has been rough at times with lots of white horses, but, so far, not that big - up to 2 metres. Staying out beyond the 2000 metre contour to keep in deep water and hopefully avoid any land effect and overfalls that exist closer to the coast. Today and the last few days have been hot and sunny and the sea is a lovely deep blue. The nights have been clear and with no shore pollution the stars fill the sky, and provide some light - the moon is setting late evening so not there during the night. The forecast suggests rain, and we hope they've got that wrong!