Neither BULLIMORE nor his catamaran are in any danger, but he is battling against very strong headwinds that have been gusting up to 50 knots at times. 'Its very rough out here. I am trying to keep the speed down to stop the boat from slamming too much, and have just the storm sail set at the moment,' BULLIMORE reported on Sunday.
Lee BRUCE, Team Bullimore's weather router advised BULLIMORE overnight: 'If we assume similar N to NNE progress, you should be in a lighter wind field in about 24 hours. It may not feel like it, but it will be better than where you are now!'
Meanwhile, BULLIMORE remains typically bullish about the future, planning a repair programme that will allow him to restart the Blue Ocean Wireless Round the World Challenge as soon as possible.
The Record To Beat
Record: Round the world, non-stop, singlehanded
Skipper: Ellen MACARTHUR (GBR)
Dates: 28 November 2004-7 February 2005
Elapsed time: 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds
Distance: 21,760 nm
Average speed: 12.66 kts