First of all, I have made a mistake in my calculations. Usually, having started on a Sunday, all Sundays should be multiples of 7... and on marking on my chart "50", I realised my error. To cut a long story short I am an extra day in advance!
Since the wind has swung to the north, even with a bit of east in it, Adrien has been flying like an aeroplane (that's to be expected, aircraft are made of aluminium!). In a single day I have covered the distance that it took Philippe almost 3 days to do. My lead is becoming substantial.
As a result I will certainly be on the other side of the date line for 2003!
Pierre Lasnier forecast the helpful arrival of this sub-tropical system and Adrien, with 30 knots of wind abeam, is making 13 knots without effort in these conditions - so it’s all to our advantage.
The only inconvenience is that the sea is running strongly abeam and that for the moment I can't manage to fix onto the satellite to send a short video for Christmas...Perhaps it will moderate?
D + 50 Position at 14H: 51°55’S 152°59’W
Wind NNW 25N. Temperature day 16°C/night 8°C/water 10.5°C
Distance run in 24H : 311 naut miles.
Advance on Monnet 11 days and 22 hours. Distance to Anteméridien : 1003 naut. miles.