Slomo washing machine on deck. TJ on the stern. "Thirty knots of breeze! Trying to go fast!" Jena below, at the galley: "It's tricky. The race? Or holding on? Everything's a little tricky now. We keep trying. And we're still in the game. We need a little more speed... Trying to hold on, and make food." She climbs into her bunk. "See you in three hours." TJ, in the galley, sprays water on his face. Stirs up his food. "Plenty of hot sauce." Plenty of wind, fast sailing. Unfortunately not as fast as we would like. Had the wrong sail combinations up. Ripping now... It's going to get lighter and lighter... Charlie absolutely nailed the meal. Charlie, at the nav station, talks about not wasting propane. TJ: Sleeping is hard. Launching off waves, you can hear the foils cavitating. Nav screen: Sifi talks about the ridge coming up. SiFi: Pretty fast sailing over the past 24 hours. Wind's just starting to moderate now. First time in a few days when the wind has been under 30. Pretty wet, pretty cold, everyone's been getting firehosed on the deck. Charlie looks at the nav screen. SiFi: Looks like at least one boat will do a new Volvo 65 record. Unfortunately it's not going to be us. But we're optimistic; we get to the ridge and can make opportunities. TJ on the stern: Challenge is moving around, eating, trying to sail fast all the time. That's what I enjoy: the challenge.SiFi mixing a coffee in the galley. "Morning coffee to charge up. Actually afternoon coffee now." He talks about the two groups of boats; it's getting interesting now. Big area of high pressure in front of us. The new low pressure is coming in from the west. Going to be a question of whether we can get across their bow before the front catches up with them... In the next 24 hours the wind will build; 30, 35 knots. Likes his coffee black. "With a decent amount of cold water in it so I can drink it straight away."Tony cleans a dish in the galley. He explains that it's the lasagna dish, which is the messiest because of the cheese that sticks in the bottom. He mentions that he owns the 24-hour monohull record and the transatlantic monohull record from sailing Comanche. Charlie puts his boots on. SiFi at the nav station. Charlie and he look at how they're doing against AkzoNobel, which makes them happy. Charlie talks about doing a fair amount of trans-Atlantic racing in the past few years. In the cockpit, we hear SiFi read the latest sched. He starts with the most exciting news: Dongfeng, MAPFRE, and Dee are all in 5-7 knots. Nick: That's so disappointing; I feel so terrible for them. Mark talks about having done two previous transatlantic crossings with this team. He points out AkzoNobel about a mile to leeward. Is actually the 6th transatlantic this boat has done; he's done all of them with Charlie and Nick. Tony, he says, has done 17 transatlantics. Tony, below: I reckon I've done the transatlantic this way 16 times. Every time is different. I'm still looking for the perfect crossing, but I think I've already had it on Comanche. We see him finishing his dishwashing.Nicho, on deck: We're halfway through our gas. He explains: heating gas. "She's high." Martine explains. Emily goes to check. Emily: I told people not to change so I could keep track." Emily counts bottles, she calls up: We've got 8 full bottles left. "False alarm." Martine is relieved.Shifting sails to leeward for a tack. Crew working on the foredeck with a hovering helicopter ahead of them. Slomo of Frederico grinding with Brunel and a New Zealand headland in the background. Bianca, below, talks about sailing away from New Zealand. Awesome going into the Southern Ocean again, going around the Horn. Thanks Auckland for the support, spectators, especially her family and friends. Frederico (I think?) in his bunk. Liz, in her bunk, recaps that they've sailed upwind a couple hundred miles from Auckland to East Cape, tacking, peels. Not much sleep; a lot of stacking. Went pretty quick. More slomo with Brunel in the background. Liz: On the southern highway, straight to the ice gate for us. About 48 hours... Way too wired to go to sleep. (She mimes going to sleep.) Bianca spills up spilled rice in the galley. "I want my mum." I haven't exactly found my sea legs yet. Lucas: It's not as bad as the time I spilled shit everywhere. That was a lot worse. Bianca asks Sam, "Were you on that leg? It was a full explosion." Lucas: "Nah; he was on another boat. Getting _ridden_." Lucas, brushing his teeth, talks about lack of sleep: You think everything's funny. You think everything's shit, or you think everything's funny. Bianca: Just let me clean up my shit... in peace. Lucas: She hasn't got to the funny part yet. [They laugh.] They keep talking (with Liz commenting in the background) as we see a drone shot circling TTToP sailing upwind under J0/J3. [Favoriting mostly for Sam's cool slice-of-life on board. Really feels like being part of the crew.]Tamara, in the galley, talks in Spanish about food preparation. Closeup of the burner. Food prep. Sophie: "Twenty days of freeze-dried food is not very nice." Blair: it keeps up the energy. Sophie: Getting pretty hard to eat. Willy: Talks in Spanish about the food. Tamara talks in Spanish about the food. Beef hot pot. Chicken marsala, topped off with some chicken and noodles. They all talk about wanting fresh food when they arrive. Fruit and veggies.Below, Bouwe says the "day bag" is empty. No chocolate. Kyle digs around in the galley. "Not much choice." Peter looks around as an alarm sounds (or maybe it's just the engine?). He eats in the galley. "Last night's dinner: it's becoming breakfast... Never quite sure what it is. It's food." Carlo digs through the food bag. Explains that everyone's a little hungry. Didn't bring as much food as they normally do. Light air leg means they want to keep the weight down. He goes through the food. "Going to be good to sail into Auckland and have some real food again." He laughs with Alberto and Sally. "Stew twice: Chicken stew and beef stew." He tosses a bag to Kyle, jokes about looking at the food for an hour first, to stretch it. Time-lapse shot of the food bin in the galley as people take stuff from it.Closeups: The hull slicing through the water. Marie sleeping with earbuds playing music. Someone tearing open a food packet. Adjusting a fan. Triple-heading in light wind. Grinding a winch. Taking off shoes. Wake, shaking up a drink. easing a sheet. Black sleeping. Winch. Pressing a "Start" button on a "Volvo Penta" panel (starting a winch?) Galley. Grinding. Ratcheting a stack strap. Clipping on a D-ring. (Heh. I can't keep up.) Sunset shot of another boat (MAPFRE?) Tea kettle whistling.Brad and Martine on the foredeck peeling from J1 to J0? FR0? Stacking. Luke in the pit. Luke bailing below. Filling up water in the galley. Brad: Nine days in. Not the easiest 9 days. Blast reaching, throwing the boat around. When they get to the doldrums they'll want to get this again. "As long as you keep your gear dry." Richard asks, "Is your gear dry?" Brad shakes his head and smiles. "Soaked all the way through." He eats. Jules talks about their lead over Scallywag and MAPFRE. They'll lose some of that as they lead into the first doldrums area. He talks about strategy with someone. Shots of the conditions lightening on deck. Nicolai talks about light winds coming. Frustrating, but they knew it was coming. Ready for hard work. Unfurling a bigger sail (MH0?). Jules talks about strategy. Simeon scans the horizon for wind. Squall with rain and wind. Grinding. Winch drum. Jules talks about the nearby boats. Luke in the cockpit. Jules, in the companionway, talks about the clouds, and strategy.Carolijn, below, makes and eats a meal. "I'm eating the big boy cereal, specially made by Neal. Lots of granola and nuts and dried fruit." Talks about bad sea state 16/18 hours ago. MAPFRE right next to them. Fun racing. Jérémie eats. "Chinese breakfast... Quick to cook." Talks about being close to MAPFRE, concentrating while driving on being fast. A very close battle. Interesting, but a bit exhausting at times." Charles, at the nav station, talks about MAPFRE. Boats staying together to cross the doldrums. "Lots of boats are following us. Every time we change a bit our heading they change. But today we don't know where to go because we have no forecast... We are using the forecast from the start... Now we have the forecast, and can see we are in a good position."Wraparound VR views: Below. Dee sits by the galley. Brian [Carlin] works at the media station, editing a video. Someone lies in her bunk, looking at a mobile device. Nav station showing chart software. Brian in the media station again. VR GoPro view from a camera mounted on Liz on the bow.Sunrise washing-machine shot on deck. Below, Abby does boat-captain stuff: bailing (?), inspecting things. "So, we're right in the back of the boat, checking for water." Pretty dry, she says. Giving a once-over to the hydraulics and other systems. "Part of the routine is preventative maintenance." On deck, she explains the boat captain role: Doing checks on the boat, wear and tear, systems maintenance. She tries to do it when she's on-watch, but sometimes she has to do it in the off watch. She puts on her foulies. She explains the watch system: 9 people on board, navigator is out of the rotation, so everyone does 4 on 4 off, staggered so someone comes on every 2 hours. She climbs into her bunk. Back on deck, she talks about calling all hands .Shots of her driving in the washing machine, grinding, slomo of her getting doused in the pit. She says it generally ends up that she cooks the meals, and keeps up with the food bags. Shot of her prepping a meal in the galley. "It's pretty non-stop... Never a dull moment." On the helm, she talks about how nice the conditions are. They're on-schedule, so no need to ration food or fuel. Talks about how they smell like they've been at sea for two weeks. Talks about how nice it is to get out of the doldrums and doing tradewind sailing.Annie writes a sign on the whiteboard: "CAFE IS OPEN! TODAYS SPECIAL: 'THE VESTAS CHASER'". Annie in the galley preparing something. "Feeling much better. Finally out of my bunk after 72 hours. It feels amazing. They've been really good. I feel like I have an email relationship with Spike now. We speak every 6 hours... I keep asking if I can push through the pain, and he doesn't like that... I think by lunchtime today I'm going to be negotiating on when I can go back on deck... At least I can make breakfast. Do something for the team, which feels good, because I've been watching them work for 3 days. Yesterday, at least I can make the meals, and clean a bit. If it helps the guys have more time in the their beds, hopefully it's helping a little bit." She preps a meal in an insulated box. Talks with Abby. "With gravy? I'll see what I can whip up."On deck, Carolijn, Stu, Horace talk about their favorite and least-favorite on-board foods. Carolijn, grinding with Horace, talks about contraband. Stu: "I would actually say some of these meals I would order if I were out at a restaurant. They are actually that good." Below, Stu prepares food in the galley and eats it. Horace pulls out a packet of Chinese food. He points to it. "Every day... Where's my Chinese food?" Jérémie eats. Horace eats. Horace: "I never want to see this one again."Annie, in the galley, talks about washing the mugs. She pours some hot chocolate. "You're giving away my special recipe here. Top secret stuff." Richard: "At what point does it become dangerous, Annie?" Annie [laughing]: "You'll see in a minute when I start pouring the boiling water." She pours in hot water, mixes the mug. Annie: "I think we're 25 to 30 degrees of heel, and it's quite choppy, being thrown forwards and backwards... It's taking me about 20 minutes to make 4 drinks." With her foulies on, she carries the four drinks up. Someone on deck: "Coffee time!" Annie: "Coffee time!" Shot of spray coming over the bow.Shot of foulies hanging below. On deck, Sophie is bundled up. She talks about how it's become colder and all the clothes she's wearing. Not going to go much further south, though. Pretty cold at night, but not as bad in the day. Windier, so wet, so that adds to the cold. Támara, in a cowl, puts sunscreen (?) on her lips and cheeks. Slomo closeup of Rob scowling in his ear-flaps hat. Below, in the galley, Ñeti makes coffee. He talks in Spanish. On deck, trimming the mainsheet, he drinks it. From the cabin, he hoists his coffee mug to the camera.SiFi, in the cockpit, jokes with Nick, in the cabin, about esspresso. Nick, in the galley, fiddles with some small black objects: "This was a present from a friend of the team, Juan K., who gave it to Tony before we left in Alicante. We've gone through several versions of an esspresso maker so far on board..." He packs the coffee grounds into the espresso maker and squeezes out the espresso. In the cockpit, SiFi sips it. SiFi: "That is a good coffee."Shot of Stacey's hat drying on a winch in the cockpit. Stacy talks in the cockpit about how it was wet for the first few days, and now they're able to dry stuff out. Shot below of a damaged sail being dried out, and an inflated PFD. Nick, shirtless in the bow, talks about the PFD: "We were doing a peel the other day, and Tom decided he didn't want to be part of the bow team any more, so he automatically inflated, and became part of the back of the boat... So basically we hang this up to remind Tom of his weak moment. Tom: "I believe I completed the peel." Shots of Tom, Stacey, and Nick patching the sail in the bow. Stacey, back in the cockpit, talks about getting better rest and food now that conditions have improved. POV shot of Martin preparing food in the galley. Shot of someone sleeping below with sea boots hanging next to them. Tom, at the wheel, talks about airing his boots out, and giving his feet "some aeration". Shot of Tom's bare feet. Shot of Tom adjusting keel (for less heel?); you can hear the engine running to power the hydraulics. Stacey moves some socks while joking about "maybe you and he can have a competition." Martin: "Are those yours, Stacey?" Stacey: "No; I think they might be Tony's. I'm not breathing, though." Shot of Tony (I think) below, watching a video on a tablet on the bottom of the bunk above him. In the cockpit, SiFi explains to Nick how some bit of dental-repair filling has come out of his mouth where a wisdom tooth was recently extracted and the hole filled in. He shows Martin the bit of stuff from his pocket. SiFi: "A replacement part of my face."Below, in the galley, Horace talks in Mandarin. The only thing I catch is "AIS". He seems excited, though, and finishes with a thumbs up.Martin shoots a POV sequence of preparing a meal in the galley: filling the kettle, lighting the burner, pouring the meal pack into the insulated cooler, pouring in the water, closing the lid, then (later) dishing the bowl and handing it up to Abby in the cockpit. Abby: "Wow. Merci." Martin: "Pasta bolognese." Abby: "My favorite."Tony washes dishes in the galley. Tony: "Best way to wash your dishes: Salt water." SiFi at nav station discusses the latest position report. Charlie, from his bunk: "Interesting." SiFi talks to James about how it's been a tough night, but they now expect it to get a bit better.