Then, we'll follow the ice convergence line for four days, which is equivalent to the orthodromic route. Everyday, the time difference increases by one hour, so we have to adapt our biological rhythm. This, plus the fast Atlantic descent, the cold temperature outside and the short nights, explains the tiredness felt aboard. Nights are getting longer though, roughly six to seven hours now (…) And we're getting used to the cold. Three days ago, we had the same temperature but today we're coping better with it - except for the stand-by watch, who have to sleep outside. When it's actually 8°C, due to the apparent wind, the temperature drops to -5°C… But we can get used to that also.
Even though we're sailing a straight course, there are still many manoeuvres to perform on deck, and we're getting better everyday. The guys just did a superb gybe. For the next 4 days, we'll have a classical sails reduction sequence, depending on the wind force: we're currently carrying 240 sq.m. of sails, and we'll go through all the various possible combinations and reductions… There's always something going on aboard Orange II (…)
To be honest, at first I never thought we'd have such a lead over the record (3,5 days). My ambition was to be in the pace of the previous benchmark time, and to attack at times, just enough to round the Horn with a little advantage. Our situation today goes beyond my expectations… And if our lead reaches four days by the time we get to Tasmania (mid-course), it'll be great. We're maintaining a good average speed since the start, despite some weather systems that have not always been favourable. Yet, we seem to be faster than the fastest boat on the planet…'
Day at sea: 18
Time (GMT): 04:00
Latitude : 47 50.36' S
Longitude : 59 42.28 E
Instant speed: 20.2 kts
Instant heading: 76°
Avg speed: 21.7 kts
Avg speed over 24 hours: 18,3 kts
Distance over 24hours: 438 mn
Avg speed since the start: 22,4 knots
Distance covered: 9406 nm
Remaining distance: 15708.8 nm