Ed Gorman reports

after a night of calms sailing up the Irish coast on board Orange

Wednesday August 14th 2002, Author: Ed Gorman, Location: United Kingdom
We're out here to go fast, so we were frustrated to spend nearly 12 hours in calms off the southwest coast of Ireland when we managed only 52 miles in that period and fell 70 miles behind Lakota's 1994 record pace.

But early this morning the breeze picked up from the southeast and now we are romping along on a smooth sea under full mainsail and genniker, making about 25 knots and passing the latitude of Clew Bay on the west coast of Ireland.

The whole boat is humming and we are enjoying a beautifully smooth ride. Despite the hole we sat in earlier, Bruno Peyron, our legendary skipper, has by no means lost heart and still believes we can get this record. "Never give up," he said in his thick French accent as he finished an early morning bowl of muesli.

Up ahead of us a new low pressure system is going to give us big winds of up to 45 knots from the southwest which should provide us with a wild and fast passage to St Kilda and then on to the Shetlands where we expect significantly colder temperatures and big seas.

Everything is working well on board apart from the garbage system which was evidently not explained to the new crew for this trip. Peyron normally runs a bio-degradable bin and another for rubbish to be desposed of on land. It seems someone is going to have to sort it out - a good time to nip across the tramp and write an e-mail for madfor sailing...

Food has been intermittent and of average quality. The leading chef so far, however, has to be the Irish Figaro and Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Damian
Foxall, who knocked up a delicious French stew with pasta as we were passing the Blasket Islands, not far from his home.

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