Van Liew Reaches Record Speeds
Around Alone - Leg Two
Torbay (GBR) - Cape Town (RSA)
After enjoying a record setting run for the last 30 hours, the speed on Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America is finally dropping as the wind moves more into the west and the waves drop from their peak of 15 feet, to around 10 feet.
Brad expects to have to gybe during the day today and is concerned about a ridge of high pressure between where he is sailing, and the finish line. While the boat was on a wild ride, Brad took a moment to send an email. "I've just been blasting off in some incredible wind, surfing Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America faster than I probably should,"
he wrote. "The boat is capable of speeds that should really be controlled, purely to preserve the equipment onboard and considering the fact that I still have about 20,000 miles to reach the finish line. I just recorded 25 knots on my GPS. and I have averaged 16 knots in the last 8 hours covering more than 125 miles. If you were to map this out and I could actually keep up this pace (unlikely!) I would cover 384 miles in a 24 hour period (the current world record is 333).
Van Liew is sailing on the edge of the Southern Ocean and getting a taste of what the next two legs will be like. "The waves are quite large and I feel like I am getting my first lick of the Southern Ocean. I am definitely sailing on the edge and pushing hard to get east. I've passed Bruce Schwab on the Open-60 Ocean Planet, although I'm quite certain he will return the favour tomorrow by passing me. I'm not pushing this hard for fun, but rather to beat the South Atlantic high pressure system in its descent south. If I win, I get to Cape Town faster (hopefully in time for a Thanksgiving turkey). If I lose, I wallow in no wind for a couple days before reaching port. Well, I'm off to kick the spurs into her belly. More news later."
Brad's distances have been recorded by race officials. They were certainly impressive and race officials are checking to see if any records have been broken. We will keep you posted on that account as well as the progress of the yachts further to the north. They are also enjoying good sailing conditions as they get closer to Cape Town.
Positions at 0600, 21/11/02
||Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America
||Spirit of Canada
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