Period of calm over

As Jean-Luc van den Heede loses some of his lead over Philippe Monnet's record

Saturday December 14th 2002, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic

Yesterday's little period of calm was short lived! Since I had raised the whole mainsail, I had to rapidly take in one reef followed by a second. At least, like that the points chaffing on the boom have been changed (I am completely satisfied with the Cuben Fibre material, I think it is stronger than the range of spectra normal fabric).

The squalls followed one another, with the strongest gusting up to 55 knots, all accompanied by hail and on one occasion snow. It must be said that when it blows from the south it is very cold polar air!

The temperature is making itself felt elsewhere such as in my fingers at the moment as I type on the computer keyboard!

When it is like this I drink a lot of really hot packet soup.

Travelling to the north isn't helping my lead on Philippe [Monnet] which at the moment is melting away like snow in the sun!

But from 120°W the likelihood of ice is too great if I am too far to the south. So, I prefer to be on the safe side.

Until Sunday

D+40. Position at 14H : 57°14’S / 99°36’W
Wind 40N WSW.. Temperature day 6°C/night 2°C /water 5,9°C Distance in last 24H : 215M. Ahead of record by 4 days and 17h. Anti-meridian 2,948 miles away.

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