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Tense- nervous headache?

Tense - nervous headache ? Take a hard right into Port Elizabeth, sit bleary eyed with your crew mates over a glass of wine , then collapse exhausted into a dreamless sleep. We pushed off from Durban at 4 am with a tight weather window for Port Elizabeth . All hell was coming to town from the Southern Ocean in the form of 40-50 knot southerly against a 4 knot current .We needed to get there ahead of it. The first day was downwind with 30-35 knots behind us and 4 knots under us and with us. We desperately needed all the speed the wind and current had to offer but we couldn't risk breaking anything either. Rock and a hard place stuff. 35 miles south of East London was our point of no return so decision had to be made there as to whether we push on for Port Elizabeth or head back to East London . Chris Tibbs updated us and gave us the green light to go for it. The boat sailing with us had two crash gybes earlier that day, rattled then took refuge in East London so we were on