Heading for Le Maire Straights

An update from on board Adrienne on Jean-Luc van den Heede's round the world record bid

Thursday December 5th 2002, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic
The average isn't wonderful. I remained becalmed throughout yesterday afternoon and Adrien only set off again at 22 h, very gently with the first breaths of wind. Philippe Monnet had it worse, as I am still gaining on his time.

Now we are making good headway and I should have no problems as far as the Le Maire Strait.

In view of the messages from some web surfers, let me explain that these straits, 15 miles wide, are situated between Tierra del Fuego, the part of Patagonia (in the extreme SE of South America) and Staten Island which is about 45 miles long. It is on the Eastern point of this island that some Frenchmen reconstructed the 'End of the World' lighthouse a few years ago, a replica of which can be found off the harbour of La Rochelle. This name is also the title of one of Jules Verne’s best works.

All is going well, the conditions seem to be ideal and I expect to make the passage tomorrow evening to then head Adrien towards the famous Cape Horn (heave ho, Santiano!) that I hope to pass on Friday.

Until tomorrow

+31 Position at 14H : 49°52’S 62°46’W
Wind south to W 17N. Temperature day 15°C / night 6°C / water 7°C
Distance run in 24 h: 169 naut miles.
Advance on Monnet 4 days 12 hours. Distance to Le Maire 319 naut. miles.

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