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23 February 2004, 10:22 am
VDH On Home Stretch
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On Saturday, after 105 days, 23 hours and 30 minutes of sailing, Jean-Luc Van Den HEEDE aboard Adrien crossed the Equator at 6 minutes and 50 seconds before noon CET.
While VDH passed by the Cape of Good Hope with 25 days, 21 hours and 45 minutes lead over the time achieved by Philippe MONNET, it was 25 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes ahead of the yachtsman from Cannes that he crossed the Equator. And he is really annoyed about that! "My racing temperament is getting to me. I don't like being caught up. That's the way things are. We're going to try to make up the lead again in the North Atlantic"

In fact, looking at the weather charts and according to the information obtained from Pierre LASNIER, the conditions forecast after the Doldrums are for the moment not very promising. "The final home stretch may well be tough going. I'm going to wait to see how things develop, but contrary to what we find usually on the traditional route, which takes us by the Azores to pick up a front taking us directly to the finishing line, this time, things look more complicated with weak winds. We're going to have to find the right course. Adrien is doing well. Everything is working perfectly. Our only hurdle remains the weather"

It looks like sluggish northerly trade winds await the skipper from Amiens. "I prefer having a tough time of it in the Atlantic, rather than in the Pacific or the Indian. On the whole, I'm rather pleased, and if I finish with 25 days lead over Philippe, I'll still be very happy"
Adrien Media (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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