Drifting up the Atlantic

Slow progress for the maxi-cat Orange...

Saturday April 20th 2002, Author: John Greenland/Nick Moloney, Location: Transoceanic
No position data today - here is yesterday's:
Day 48 - 0806 GMT, 19 April 2002

Orange position: 33 deg 45S 18 deg 51 W
Distance covered in last 24 hours: 396.52nm

Compared to Sport Elec record in 1997
Position: 51deg 25S 55deg 29W
Distance covered in 24 hour period: 450.9nm

Orange is 1397nm further down the track than Sport Elec after 48 days

Bruno Peyron's maxi-cat Orange is still attempting to wriggle free from the light winds currently spanning the race track.

Though the light airs are slowing the massive catamaran the team need only to average 7.8 knots for the next 4,000nm to beat the current record.

Latest Logbook Entry from Nick Moloney
06:50gmt 20/04

Currently witnessing the most incredible sunrise.Absolutely amazing.

Ghosting along at 6kts BS, clear skys bright orange horizon.

Hope to get through this ridge today. slow going for now but incredibly beautiful. It's good to forget about the clock for a short while nick

15:57gmt 19/04

Currently sailing upwind at 12kts, full mail, solent, flat seas under a mixture of white clouds and blue sky. Sea temp 21 degrees so we have begun the Hygiene maintenance programme and we and the boat are now smelling better. Orange actually looks a little like a Chinese Junk right now as everyone has laundry hanging off the boom, shrouds, winches etc.

The sea is now a magnificent blue colour, very tempting actually...would be nice to break the mindset for a few minutes and have a swim. I have been doing a little revision on the chart plotter...wow we have come a long way. Its also quite weird..doesnt feel like it has been 48days since we left France. I guess I will get very impatient once we cross the doldrums and our next waypoint is the finish. Everyone is surprisingly well and have maintained great mental attitude so far. I guess the sunshine is helping right now and our course is getting better.

By tomorrow we could be in the trades and it also looks like we may be able to hold them alll the way to the equator which wouold be nice. I dont know if we have begun rationing food or not but I always seem to be hungry. I dont think we have lost much weight so far. I am feeling quite strong and fit. Deffinately alot more than prior to our departure as the work schedule was such that we had no time to train.

Plenty of flying fish about the place now, we are definitely entering the tropics. Am looking forward to the beautiful evenings, not a cloud in the sky just billions of bright stars, wearing nothing but shorts...cruzin in the right direction at about 15-20kts boat speed - stress free for a change.

Life is great right now onboard actually. I think after such a long stint in the South we really appreciate simple comforts. A little sunshine, not leaping off waves whilst trying to use the toilet, crossing the tramp without getting soaked or without the fear of being washed away by a wave bursting through. A little relief for the mind and body.

Am very interested in the weather right now as I have never sailed S-N in the Atlantic this far East. Our track will be similar to that sailed in the closing stages of the Vendee so I'm doing a little research.

next stop, Equator

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