Le Maire straights at hand

Jean-Luc van den Heede closes on Cape Horn

Friday December 6th 2002, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic
Hello,

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.)

Until tomorrow
JL VDH

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

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