Centre of a depression

Light winds for Jean-Luc van den Heede's Adrien as she heads westwards across the Southern Ocean

Friday December 13th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Hello,

Another good day yesterday, with the sun poking its nose out for a large part of the afternoon. Today, it is different! At the moment we are in the centre of a little depression, there is little wind and what there is is very variable. So there is quite a bit of manoeuvring to do.

The fairly low temperature and the icy drizzle means that my fingers are numbed by the cold and when I want to use them they are not as dexterous as usual. For this reason, in this part of the world, you have to allow a longer time to complete a job than in the trade winds!

Adrien is still at 100 % of her potential. This morning I again took the opportunity of looking everything over, particularly the wear on the staysail halyard which has been in the air since Cape Horn. All is going well.

I am waiting for the wind to swing to the SW any time now which will allow us to move up a bit more to the north.
Until tomorrow
JL VDH

J+39. Position at 14H : 57°44’S / 94°58’W
Wind 5 N. W. Temperature day 9°/ night 4°/ water 4,1°
Distance run in 24H : 191 naut miles.
Advance on Monnet 4 days and 23 hours. Distance to Ante méridien à 3040 naut miles.

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