Dry suits and balaclavas on again, diving masks glued to faces, hands clinging onto the wheel or frozen to the sheets.
The menu for this rather special day is for cold and damp on board the maxi-catamaran Orange. The Marseilles giant is surfing the liquid mountains of icy water of the Southern Ocean at more than 30 knots, gobbling up almost 510 miles by the 1100 position report today Thursday 4th April. As forecast the wind has progressively shifted to the NW and strengthened. On board they've just put a third reef in the main and the crew is battening down waiting for 50 knots of wind by the end of the night. For these exceptional conditions, it is an exceptional day for the maxi-catamaran which is at the halfway point of the Jules Verne Trophy course.