Le Maire straights at hand
Still not a wonderful average. A third day with calms, this times during the night. I haven’t the time to be bored at the moment and there is a lot of manoeuvring to do. As an example a little while ago I had wind from the NE at 10 knots. I saw a big black cloud (predicted by Météomer) arriving from Argentina. I had hardly the time to roll in the genoa and take in a reef when... the gust came from the SW at 50 knots! Tack, backstays, ballast... and now, an hour later I am under solent and 1 reef in 30 knots of wind - a head-wind of course!
The night in these latitudes have become very short. The superb sunsets last a very long time and paint the sky with amazing bright colours, very difficult to describe. I shall try to take some photos.
What is more, the Paris boat show is starting and I have a lot of media appointments. For those of you who have the chance to go, there is a radio contact at about 11.30 every day on the Vendée stand. There will also be others announced on the stands of certain sponsors (Volvo, Simrad etc.)
Position at 14H : 52°20’S 64°07’W
Wind south to SSW 30N. Temperature day 16°C / night 8°C / water 6°C
Distance run in 24 h: 157 naut miles.
Advance on Monnet 4 days 13 hours. Distance to Le Maire 163 naut. miles