A breather for VDH

As he regains his margin on Philippe Monnet round the world record

Monday December 16th 2002, Author: Jean-Luc van den Heede, Location: Transoceanic

There we are then - the gap between Philippe and me is opening again in the right direction! And it’s not over yet, even though the wind is nearly due west at the moment which means that at 40° off the desired course...progress is slower.

I have however managed to remain under full mainsail for 30 hours but yesterday evening I had to take in first 1 and then 2 reefs. It was just too good to be true!

Life continues its gentle course. Yesterday I cleaned out the bilges because I couldn't avoid bringing in a bit of water with my oilskins. The after rudder compartment also has a cover which isn't fully watertight when a wave breaks and comes into the cockpit so I took the chance to clean up a bit!

Since the weather isn't too bad as at present, I have the time to read (I have just finished the "Dictionaire Amoureux de la Mer" by J F Deniau).

In short, I am taking time off to live and I’m enjoying it.

Until tomorrow

D+39. Position at 14H : 52°40’S 116°00’W
Wind 25 N. W. Temperature day 12°/ night 6°/ water 7,3°
Distance run in 24H : 213 naut miles.
Advance on Monnet 4 days and 20 hours. Distance to Ante méridien à 2410 naut miles.

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