The tension is mounting as Dee gets ever closer to the finishing line of her epic sail around the world the wrong way. During the past 180 days she has had to fight iceburgs, 60 knot winds, and the sort of loneliness that brings thoughts of suicide, rattling around inside a 72 foot boat designed for 18.
And now it seems even aliens, for she has been boarded by strange creatures like the one photographed above, creatures of a sort she has never seen before. Are they sent from the planet E'ln Ma-ca-thi to observe this new rival? Is the 40 tonne steel hull of the Challenge boat being checked out for strength for some interplanetary mission?
Time will tell.
Picture from Aviva Challenge