Light going for Kingfisher2

But there is a possible escape route emerging

Monday February 10th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Day 12 Position 24hr run Av speed
Kingfisher2 18°40S 32°59W 355 14.97
Geronimo 29°51S 30°41W 495 20.61
Orange 21°36S 33°30W 435 18.13

Av/Max boat speed in last hour: 10.17 / 14.0 knots
Heading: 212
Av/Max wind speed in last hour: 6.91 / 10.5 knots
Wind direction: 121

Conditions are still disappointingly light for Ellen as the 24 hour daily run about shows. However one set of forecast charts so that there may be an escape route out of jail for the big cat with a low pressure system forming over southern Brazil and heading out into the south Atlantic. It may be possible for Kingfisher2 to reach this and hold it into the Southern Ocean - just the break they are looking for. However the situation is complex and far from clear but and if Kingfisher2 fail to make it then there is the likelihood that they may fall foul of the high pressure system to the west of the low.

Offshore Challenges estimate that Kingfisher2 is currently 10 hours 30 minutes behind Orange and 41 hours 02 minutes behind Geronimo.

Ellen writes from on board:

"Well, once again it's a beautiful night - though this time the wind is lighter... Our boat speed has been slower for several hours now as the new ridge of high pressure has moved over us from the east. Again we find ourselves in an unavoidable situation as the wind gods cast a shadow over our world...

"Attitudes are changing on board in some ways now as life steadily reduces itself to basics. Quick washes in salt water, preserving the clothes that we have so few of and looking after every item. If something breaks or wears out we look for any task or repair it maight facilitate. I stuck some little cards up in the cuddies today with the tactics for the night on them - and I used sticky velcro. I had to see Jack for the velcro seeing that he had just 30 centimetres of it left. That's all - that's all that we have, and anything like that has to be regarded as precious.

"For me today has been quite a tough one, and as I sit here typing I've had only three hours sleep in the past 24. I have been worrying about performance data, and feeding it up to the guys. Worried about spending time on deck talking about thoughts on doing things better. There do not seem enough hours in the day to achieve everything, but it's a challenge, a massive challenge and if ever I feel that I am struggling to achieve everthing at the level I am looking for, I always try to find the solution.

"Today I drew myself out a daily timetable, a chart with the 24 hours in the day split into 15 minute blocks of time. I worked out what time I did what, how long it took, and where I wanted to be and when. This is such a large boat that things can happen in different areas completely independently. From the decks to the hulls, and even from the nav station to the galley - it's certainly hard to keep up to speed with everyone! But the chart is done, which includes each watch changeover, to weather, to interviews.. The only thing it doesn't include is sleep and food. I guess will have to slide them in somewhere! My time on deck today was fantastic, albeit a little frustraiting with the light breeze. The sea is now that deep blue, south atlantic blue which I think is a bluer blue than you can imagine. It's incredible just how much the colour of the can change; though I have noticed on this trip that these changes can happen and do happen very quickly.

It's been a tough day today, but a good day. I just hope and pray for our luck to change, and for the winds to be a little fresher soon....

JULES VERNE USHANT (START) TO CAPE OF GOOD HOPE TIMES:

1993 Commodore Explorer (Peyron) 21 days 12 hours 48 minutes
1994 ENZA (Blake/Knox-Johnston) 19 days 17 hours 53 minutes
1997 Sport Elec (de Kersauson) 21 days 18 hours 17 minutes
2002 Orange (Peyron) 18 days 18 hours 40 minutes
2003 Geronimo (de Kersauson) 16 days 14 hours 35 minutes 21 seconds

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