It seems strange not to feel B&Q being tossed around.
Now we’re surrounded by a lightly textured, slightly undulating carpet, which stretches further than the eye can see.
I seem to have found some kind of inner peace tonight.
We’ve got a beautiful moon, the most beautiful that you’ve ever seen.
I have put everything in – my heart, my soul, my flesh, my blood. I’ve never driven myself so hard.
I’ve never got so close to the edge for so long.
It seems like only yesterday that we were slipping our lines from Falmouth.
On the other hand, it feels like life on board is all I know now, and that readjusting to the other life will be hard.
Take the record away, and it simply becomes a voyage around the world.
Add the record and it becomes a very real and arduous race – a race against time, my invisible competitor, but, above all, a race gainst my own capabilities and myself.
Ellen MacArthur on day 59 of her record-breaking circumnavigation of the world (January 2005)