On to the rollercoaster

Orange finally makes the Southern Ocean - plus Nick Moloney's logbook

Monday March 18th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic

Nick Moloney's log book

We are just sniffing the effect of a strong low pressure in the south and have spent the past 24 hours in good winds obtaining 20 knots of boatspeed most of the time. The low is quite strong and its effect should become more aggressive as we proceed toward the Cape of Good Hope. Approx 1400 miles to that particular, landmark. Passed the Isle Tristan da Cunha at daybreak about 25 miles away, no visual contact. Had some info on the Isle down loaded from the net and was very interesting to learn a little about this place that I have obviously passed before but never knew existed.

Awaiting Shepherds pie for lunch which does not resemble shep pie at all, so will see how it tastes.

Great to be in good wind and striding through some miles. Not too stressful right now - I was saying to Herve [Jan] last night that these were free miles. Any time you can do over 20 kts of boat speed and not be getting wet is certainly easy miles. We have earnt these ones. The south Atlantic was not too kind to us initially. It appears right now that we could round the first of the southern capes in 40kts broad reaching.

The consistent breeze with full main, mid gennaker, stay sail (occasional reef in main) has allowed us to catch up on a little sleep that was missed through bits and pieces breaking and needing attention.

Orange appears to be settled and is going well. The Cape of Good Hope should effectively mark 1/3rd of our trip in our wake. This will be a great moment for us all. its still all fingers and toes crossed as we continue to progress trying to avoid things that go "BANG"!

It's a great life out here. It's about the only time in my life when I have some sort of routine and knowledge of where and what I will be doing tomorrow


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