Orange to turn right shortly

After a 500 mile day run Orange's crew seem to have regained their confidence

Tuesday April 30th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Nick Moloney reports from on board Orange

We're just pushing through a large squall right now and have turned up the wick a little. Currently we've got one reef in the main and the Solent headsail up sitting on 28 knots. It's great to get some pace on again whilst the water is flat. Unfortunately I feel it will be short lived but good for spirits any way.

Had a small problem a few hours ago when steering cables broke. Herve was driving and I was tending to the jib sheet half asleep when Herve started winding the wheel over to port...1 revolution...2revolutions. He didn't say anything just kept winding the wheel over.

I was looking out of the corner of my eye thinking...whats he doing? Then he started calling to the other guys in French and then he said to me "Mate. I think you'd better grab the other wheel".

I ran across the tramp to the port wheel and pulled the boat back onto course....OK, I'm awake now.

No drama, fortunately the wind dropped for the period spent replacing the cables which took about 1/2 an hour.

Otherwise all is well. The temperature is pleasant. We are still pushing NNW to skirt the Azores High, not really making much ground on the finish due to current course determined by the weather. We have around 2,400 miles left to sail...roughly.

The weather is quite unstable due to the amount of squalls about. I think today is going to be a tough day on the good ship Orange.


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