After carrying out repairs caused by two recent collisions with marine animals they can zoom away again towards the Equator. Today, in spite of light, variable winds, Orange II is likely to have clocked up a lead of ten days over Cheyenne's outright record.
PEYRON was upbeat this morning: 'Things are going well. We're currently passing through a rather tricky convergence zone off Brazil as forecast. So we have frequent sail changes to carry out, alternating between the code zero and the solent. We have 10-12 knots of wind, which drops off to 4-5 knots at times. We're going to do our best to get out of this spot as best we can.'
'This transition arrived a bit earlier than we had hoped for carrying out the work, because it's still dark. However, the situation is unlikely to change much during the day. It wasn't easy to see this weather situation coming, so we're going to have to improvise. We'll be carrying out our check-up as planned. If we don't use Plan A [repairing the rudder while it is still attached - ED], we'll switch to Plan B. The aim today is to get out of this tricky area, find the right moment to carry out our work, and then get going immediately afterwards. For the time being, we're working on the weather, particularly what lies ahead in this zone and up to the Equator, or until we reach the north easterly trades.'
'We're not really looking much at the North Atlantic, as it's a complete mess, so I prefer not to look! There's no way through for the moment, and things are going to have to change by the time we get up there. It just can't stay like that. Apart from that, it's getting hotter and hotter. This is a wet equatorial climate, which isn't very pleasant inside, so it's better to be outside.'
Day at sea: 38th
Date : 03/03/2005
Time (GMT) : 04h20
Latitude : 18 08.68' S
Longitude : 34 44.20' W
Instantaneous speed: 10.2 knots
Instantaneous bearing: 46
Average speed: 8.8 knots
Speed over 24h: 19.3 knots
Distance over 24h: 463 nm
Speed since the start: 23.8 knots
Total distance: 21588 nm
Remaining distance: 4458.80 nm