VDH gains on Monnet record

News from the South Atlantic of Jean-Luc van den Heede's solo non-stop E-W nonstop record attempt

Sunday December 1st 2002, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic

Oh yes! You’ve read it right: ahead by 3 days and 21 hours!

Yesterday I gained 29 hours on Philippe [Monnet - who holds the current record] who had even more problems than me in this area because he had one day of covering only 96 naut. miles and another of 86 miles! It was for that reason that yesterday I was fairly confident about my chances of regaining time. Adrien is making good headway at the moment and conditions are excellent.

I haven't much fresh food left now: the excellent bread bought in Brest has beaten all records for longevity, I finished my last eggs yesterday and at midday today I shall finish off my carrots. I have only six apples left but plenty of onions and oranges. I must keep at least one orange for Christmas! It was the tradition in the north of France and was a super gift... a long time ago.

I am taking advantage of these last good periods to do maintenance on Adrien and get her into good shape for the foot of the immense mountain to be climbed after Cape Horn. I am a bit anxious but I have confidence... and I am remaining very very vigilant.
Until tomorrow


Position at 14 h: 36°25’S 51°22’W
Wind: 18 knots from SW. Sea slight Temperature day 27°C/ night 17°C/water 20°C
Distance run in 24 h: 261naut. miles. Advance of 3 days and 21 hours. Lemaire is 1250 naut. miles away.

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