Into the Screaming 50s

Bitterly cold as Jean-Luc van den Heede does his housekeeping

Thursday December 26th 2002, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic

The days follow one another but don't bear much resemblance one to another: I am back in the far south with its winds, waves, depressions, and its temperatures. However the advantage is that I am practically at the same latitude as the depression so I have wind from the NNW which is allowing me to continue my route! I'm being tossed about a bit certainly, but the essential thing is that Adrien is advancing without undue strain. With 2 reefs in the mainsail and the Solent forward it’s perfect.

Yesterday I was busy outside. Today, I am busy inside. I have emptied out the water that got into the after compartment. I thought that the leak came from the cover. It wasn't that, it was the cockpit drains where the joints had loosened. Vibrations, buffeting by the waves? I've tightened them again and all is well. Once the cabin bilges were dry (when I come back in wearing oilskins I bring in a bit of water), Adrien was again ready to face the "screaming fifties". And at the moment, it really is screaming!

Until tomorrow JL VDH

D+53 Position at 14H: 52°09’S 170°20’W
Wind NNW 40N. Temperature day 13°C/night 7°C/water 9.6°C
Distance run in 24H : 287 naut miles.
Advance on Monnet 13 days and 10 hours. Distance to Ante méridien : 356 naut. miles.

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