Back into the Atlantic

illbruck has rounded the legendary seafaring landmark of Cape Horn

Sunday February 10th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Going back in time Paul Cayard brought us this report yesterday:

So much for the cruisy ride to the Horn. The last six hours have seen the wind go right from 270 to 300 and increase from 20 to 30 knots. That changed us from a full size runner to a jib top and a reef - full fire hose conditions on deck with big time wrestling for the helmsman.

I did two hours and now we got our man Freddie Loof, the Star world champion, out of bed and on the wheel. We are doing 21 knots average with 337 to go...ETA 0900 Sunday morning. Might have to have a special mass tomorrow from our priest, Ciccio [Claudio] Celon. His mother gave him a rosary to take on the trip to the Horn so he is all ready.

Tactically, illbruck and News Corp should continue to gain with this situation and Tyco, ASSA ABLOY and djuice will lose miles.

Been getting some good sleep lately. Guess I finally got so tired I could sleep in these bunks. They are the worst I have ever seen. I sleep overlapped with [Grant] Dalton or Bouwe Bekking, feet to feet, in a fixed angle bunk with water dripping down the sidewalls of the tanks. The conditions are a bit different than my bed in Kentfield and even then I can't sleep if I am touching my wife. At this point, I am looking forward to having that problem.

Needless to say, there are many things that Nautor Challenge will be transferring to the Nautor Swan Company, but bunk technology is not one of them. With Nautor's participation at the highest level of offshore racing in the sport of sailing, we are learning about the latest materials and designs for marine applications across all the specific elements of a yacht and we are bringing this knowledge to the Nautor Company.

This project is a laboratory for everything from deck layout ideas, to rigging, even water makers. This stuff here has to stand up to incredible punishment. It is amazing to me how all the running rigging has evolved in the just the four years since we did the race with EF [Language]. And the reliability. I mean we have broken nothing. That just did not used to be the way it was.

This has been a fast, furious ride to the Horn. A lot of intensity...more than I remember last time. The boat has been on the edge 50% of the time in the last eight days. That is draining on everyone. If the forecast holds up, we may get some easy miles in after the Horn on our way to the location of England's last great military effort...the Falklands.

It is about 350 miles from the Horn to the Falklands and the big issue tactically will be whether to go outside or inside. Obviously we are working on that now but things change all the time so we just have to stay up on our homework.

Going to bail out the forward compartments and then get some of that famous and never tiring, porridge. Yummy. You just have to eat it before it goes off. It gets hard as epoxy if you let it sit for more than 15 minutes. Hard to digest this way.

Paul [Cayard]
Amer Sports One

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