Down to third reef

As Jean-Luc van den Heede battles across the Southern Ocean

Sunday January 5th 2003, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic

The little depression that I mentioned on Friday as being "not too severe” obliged me however on Saturday to take in my third reef.

But it wasn't as strong as the two big ones in the Pacific. On the other hand, I now have a new one bearing down on me of 968 mB which should be very very strong.

On Saturday, I went down as far as 56°11’S to be as near as possible to the depression’s centre and I can tell you (and I am not normally particularly susceptible to the cold) it was really cold: sea water at 2.1°C and cockpit bilges frozen.

I shall do the same for this one as the nearer I am to the centre, the quicker it will pass and the less strong the wind will be. Luckily I have succeeded in doing everything necessary without ever getting wet in my Cotten oilskins because to think of drying something here would be pure fantasy.

Until tomorrow

D+63. Position at 14H : 54°47’S/140°21’E (yesterday 55°27’S/144°46’E)
Wind 30N. de WNW. Temperature day 8°/ night 1°/ water 2,1°
Distance run in 24H : 157 M (yesterday 157 M).
Advance on Monnet 17 days 1 hours
Distance to Cap des Aiguilles : 5142 naut. miles.

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