Adrienne Cahalan Writes on Maiden IIs Progress
Tracy Edwards' maxi-catamaran Maiden II (formerly known as Club Med) is in the Atlantic attempting to beat the record of 687.17 nautical miles that is currently held by Steve Fossett on board PlayStation. This is an an excerpt their log book.
We started our record by the official position report at 1858z which put us in a position of 38 41.64N 68 14.28W. It is good conditions, clear sky, warm, and good wind of 25-30kts. We just hit 41.5 on the GPS which I witnessed myself and declare as a solicitor admitted to the Australian Federal and High Court to silence critics! (Adrienne is a Lawyer as well as world-class navigator).
At the end of hour number 4 we had covered unofficially 131nm at course 105T, this is an average of 32.75kts. We are working hard to put miles in the bank because sea conditions are getting a little more difficult as the wind increases, and soon it will be dark for around 8 hours and harder for the drivers to see the waves.
We have 5 drivers who are rotating around about every hour and the trimmers are working within their normal watches of 4 hours on deck. However, we are only sailing with 13 people so everyone really plans to stay up for the 24-36 hours it will take to attempt the record.
At the moment I have not yet been on deck as the time goes very quickly here calculating figures, monitoring the courses and averages and working with our onshore forecasters at Commanders. We have reached now a top speed of 44kts on the GPS over the ground (reported by on deck crew) which is certainly something. Conditions remain TWS 26kts TWD 240T, sun setting, warm and very wet (not in the nav station though). You have to be very careful on deck and below because you can get slingshot along the corridors or through the cockpit because the boat is moving so fast and wildly.
Latest Overnight Report
Things have got quite tough overnight. The seaway has become difficult and without any moon, the drivers have been working hard. In the last few hours we have slowed down. Whilst we were able to maintain a 33kt average in the early hours, after 10 hours we have sailed 314nm at 109 true giving an unoffcial avergae of 31.4kts.
With only a few more hours of darkness we are hoping that the remaining 12 hours in the daylight will be much easier. We are still in 26kts of TWS from direction true 240. Seas are 6-8 feet. Some of the crew are catching some sleep but everyone is holding on- there are a few sore heads after one recent nose dive. In a nose dive everything goes fling forward so you have to be particularly careful walking up the corridors in the hulls and in front of bulkheads. We are confident that the wind will hold but it is the seaway that is the key as to whether we can maintain an average above 28.6kts to break the record.