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BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell On High Seas - 24 hours in

by BT Sport Relief Challenge 8 Mar 2016 15:10 GMT 8 March 2016
BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell On High Seas © Hell On High Seas

Six celebrities, six Volvo Ocean Race veterans, five days, one epic challenge. Here's the best of the messages from the boat.

Ian Walker, skipper:

"Nearly 24 hours into the challenge and things are going well. We have survived our first night at sea. With light rain and no moon it was a very dark night but thankfully seas were pretty calm. Now the waves are building as we poke outside the shelter of Ireland and we have our first two sea sickness casualties. I'm mentioning no names but the girls are much stronger than the boys!

Alex has yet to sleep! So far we have had no more than 20 knots of wind but I have just spooked the herd by listening to the weather forecast. Gale force 9 and even storm force 10 is forecast for these waters in 12 hours time. For us it is now a race against time to get around Land's End and head east away from the worst of the weather. For sure tonight will be much tougher than last night and I am watching the weather forecast very closely. We have a small cyclonic depression spinning up right where we are headed and we will see gale force winds at some stage. All in all we are making good progress, everybody has stood their watches and the learning curve is steep. We have had plenty of smiles and the good news is that we all stayed warm enough last night despite temperatures falling below 5 degrees - nice work MUSTO! It is only going to get harder from here.....

Ian - 90 miles North of Lands End

UPDATE: I am pretty confident we will get round Land's End in the daylight - maybe the Lizard Point too. New weather in an hour so will not make any predictions until after that.

Give us a wave later! Thanks, Ian"

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