Adrien back on course

Jean-Luc van den Heede sends his daily update from the South Atlantic

Tuesday December 3rd 2002, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic

Yesterday afternoon, the wind from the SSW gradually fell... to come up again from the NNW. Before that, I was not making the heading I wanted; I was worried about my average. And then during the night Adrien started to make excellent headway (average of 14 knots between 2200 and 0800) with 30 knots of wind from the NW. So all is going well and I haven't lost too much ground on Philippe.

What is more, I am no longer approaching the Argentinean coast too much. I am in depths of less than 100m and I saw quite a few fishing boats during the night. I even chatted to one of them in Spanish, the Centoro 2000. I didn't like to ask but, considering the state of his boat, it couldn't have dated from this millennium!

With the wind from the North, the temperature has warmed up quite a bit and sailing conditions are pleasant. If all goes well, I shall be at Cape Horn this weekend. This will my eighth time single-handed. I am beginning to know the locality!

Until tomorrow

Position at 14 h: 43°48’S /60°41’W
Wind south to SW 18 N Temperature day 29°C/night 14°C/water 11°C
Distance run in 24 h: 216 naut miles.
Advance on Monnet 4 days 1 hours Distance to Le Maire 693 naut. miles.

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