Miranda Merron's blog
There we are! At 11.21 GMT “Campagne de France” has rounded the virtual mark at 42ºS,49ºE which forms the end of the first southern ice limit.
We have been at sea for 5 days now, and it certainly hasn't been dull. There was no gentle easing into the race.
After a superb stopover in Cape Town, we finally left for the start of Leg 2 on Tuesday.
There are only about 60 miles left to the finish line of Leg 1. Probably not in a straight line either. Therefore no ETA as yet.
It has been a trying week on Campagne de France, with a variety of technical issues diverting time and energy away from racing.
The sea state today is a little disorderly, and since we are sailing fast upwind, it is quite bumpy and rather wet on deck. The choice of clothing is either swimming kit or full foul weather gear.
Yesterday late afternoon it became clear that the entire horizon to our south was blocked by an enormous cloud - one that is measured in miles - and that we didn't really have an escape route.
The Doldrums have certainly lived up to their name for Campagne de France. Vast windless areas and enormous cumulomonsters.
As is the case with most race boats, Class40s are very sensitive to trim, ie the correct distribution of weight in the boat for optimum performance of the hull.
Night falls quickly at these latitudes, and the cloud cover obscuring whatever moon there is, it is deep darkness.