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Thursday January 1 1970 Author: Location: none selected

Brian Thompson on Banque Pop: Snowball fights to shorts

What a difference 2 days make..Christmas Eve we had snow on the deck, enough for a snowball fight across the cockpit.

Brian Thompson on Banque Populaire: Widest Horn rounding

Just passed Cape Horn at dawn local time, though being over 100miles south of it, there was no chance to see tip of South America..

Brian Thompson on Banque Pop: Speed build to the Horn

The wind is slowly picking up now, up to 18-25 knots, and the mighty Banque Populaire is beginning to get into her stride again.

Brian Thompson on Banque Pop: Headbutting the ridge

When we were storming across the Indian Ocean 10 days ago, 2000 miles ahead of the record, we had dreamed of being at Cape Horn today, but the large detour around the ice zone, and then this roadbl

Brian Thompson on Banque Pop: Catching the ridge

We are now sailing VMG downwind in 13 knots of wind with the big gennaker, full main and staysail.

Brian Thompson on Banque Pop: Not in the brochure

We are still sailing upwind in the Southern Ocean - has nobody mentioned, that the brochure clearly stated that this part of the world cruise, was supposed to be a downwind sleighride!

Brian Thompson on Banque Populaire: Ice zone

Since the encounter with the amazing ice display of The remnants of berg B15J we have been skirting the Northern edge of the known ice zone.

Brian Thompson on Banque Pop: Ice avoidance measures

We have had over 40 knots of wind for about 15 hours, and it is now moderating to 35 knots.

Brian Thompson on Banque Pop: Easy miles

Easy miles today reaching in light winds at 57S. Big swell from behind helped keep our speed up, so even on this 'slow' day, we did over 500 miles..

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