Into the Roaring 40s

Life is getting chilly on board Adrien reports solo sailor Jean-Luc van den Heede

Monday December 2nd 2002, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic

I have reached the forties and what a change in temperature! What's more the wind is from the south and here that is the cold wind. The most spectacular change is the temperature of the water which has gone down by 8° in 2 days. It’s the end of wearing just a bit of light clothing. And my temperatures are "sheltered".

Of course, my first albatrosses are circling Adrien. Yesterday I watched them carefully and I can't understand, physically, how they can glide and then move up wind for such a long time without flapping their wings. And how do they sleep? Apart from that conditions are very changeable. I have been close hauled for two days on the best course possible (that’s why I’m jealous of the albatrosses!) and I have tacked several times. I always give preference to the west... but it will have to change or I shall end up in Argentina.

Until tomorrow.

Position at 14 h: 40°41’S /58°16’W (yesterday 38°41'S 54°41'W)
Wind south to SW 13 N, sea slight. Temperature day 17°C/night 11°C/water 12°C
Distance run in 24 h: 205 naut miles. (yesterday 209 naut. miles)
Advance on Monnet 4 days 4 hours (yesterday 4 days) Distance to Le Maire 900 naut. miles.

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