9 days ahead

Jean-Luc van den Heede making hay in Southern Ocean

Friday December 20th 2002, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic

The wind has finally decided to come from a bit more to the north. That means that I am at 20° to the direct route instead of 45° and so the distances run are more effective. As a result now Philippe Monnet is relegated to 9 days behind. What is more, I shall cross his route tomorrow or the day after which means that there will no longer be any difference of latitude.

However afterwards, I shall remain to the south of his course. It must be said that following his experiences right down south, I well understand why he wanted to move back up... but he went from one extreme to the other!

As to day 47, it was on that day that I abandoned with Algimouss which was delaminating after a collision. I passed that point several days ago but I forgot to mention it.

All is functioning on board; the weather for the next few days seems very good for Father Christmas.

This weekend, I shall spend my Saturday decorating Adrien's living quarters.
Until Sunday

D+47. Position at 14 H: 52°37’S / 134°30’W
Wind 25N. de WNW. Temperature day 14°C/ night 8°C/ water 6,5°C
Distance run in 24H : 210 naut miles.
Advance on Monnet 9 days. Distance to Ante méridien : 1718 naut. miles.

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