Brian Thompson on Banque Pop: 3...2...1

Brian Thompson on Banque Pop: 3...2...1

Friday December 30 2011 Author: Brian Thompson Location: none selected

"Hey, great watch" exclaims the always ebullient Yvon as we go below after our 4 hours on deck. "Really great watch" adds Thierry Chab and Pym, my other two watch mates.

We normally say that between our gang of four unless the seas are terrible, or we make few miles to the finish, or we have to deal with squall after all squall during our watch. We always try to finish on a high note..

But this watch was extra good, we had flat seas, good winds, made more than a 100 miles to the finish AND we crossed the Equator, moving ourselves from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere, and in the process, breaking two records..

I was lucky enough to be on the helm doing 35 knots as we counted down 0.02S, 0.01S, 0.01N!!

The third small bottle of Champagne Mumm we have carried was opened, and some of the bubbly nectar is first given to Neptune, to thank him for a safe passage through the Southern Seas..then comes from the saucisson and the Toblerone, all being shared between the crew and that God of the Sea.

So we have broken another World Record too, the Equator to Equator record, and one of the Jules Verne passage records, Cape Horn to Equator.

Now we have the task of getting to the finish in the next 10 days. Its 3300 miles, point to point..Of course, it's entirely within our capabilities to do that, but we still need to be careful with the boat, not have any big roadblocks with the weather and have a healthy dose of good luck..

Currently we have an advance of 1500 miles on Groupama 3, the current Jules Verne record holder..

Brian

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