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9 February 2003, 07:51 pm
Breeze and Spirits Up
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Jules Verne Trophy
Round the World

An Unforecast wind of 17 to 20 knots kicks in from the east during night allowing the giant catamaran to once again charge along at over 20 knots but a bit too late to clock up some really good miles for the 24 hr run.

Kingfisher2's day 10 24hr run is 100 miles less than orange but only 30 miles off Geronimo - some give and some take, such is the way of records. Ahead the south atlantic still presents no obvious route through. All they can do is head south as fast as possible and hope that the situation evolves to show a way through...


Morning all - and another awesome morning it is. Even better as I type we are averaging speeds of over 20 knots. It feels like a real breath of fresh air after spending so long sailing so slowly... Spirits are up with this new breeze, and though we are not sure how long it wil last - we are making the most of its prescence. It's been a waiting game, the most stressfull waiting game. Just heading head long into a situation which is continuously evolving is an interesting one... a very interesting one. You know you have to get south - but you don't know quite where the weather systems will let you in. Each day I discuss with Meeno our weather router - we talk about the options, the evolutions we feel that could happen. But you know full well that the majority of things you even discuss will not eveolve. The question is did you manage to talk about the aspect of the weathers evolution which will count.

I already have my eyes set on the Southern Ocean, and really cannot wait to see the albatrosses once more. Each mile we speed south now is a plus. Each mile takes us closer and closer to the south, the indescribable south which can be filled with as much beauty and wildness that rotates around such vast contrasts. The most beautiful sunset can be folowed by a day so black that it seems lit up by the minute flash of colour around the albatross eyes...

So until the next mail - hoping in my heart of hearts to be still moving tomorrow night.

Ahead/Behind the record: 8 hours 58 minutes behind Orange
Ahead/Behind Geronimo: 30 hours 19 minutes behind Geronimo
DAY 10 24 hour run (point to point) : Kingfisher2 433 nm, Orange 530 nm, 463 Geronimo nm
End DAY 10 distance to go (on theoretical course) : KF2 20958 nm, Orange 20815 nm, Geronimo 20473 nm
Click on POSITIONS link at to see graphic images comparing the tracks of these 3 challengers at 4 hourly intervals.

Av/Max boat speed in last hour: 16.98 / 23.3 knots
Heading: 212
Av/Max wind speed in last hour: 12.57 / 16.8 knots Wind direction: 122
Distance to WP4 35 00'S / 24 00'W entrance to Southern Ocean : 1412 nm (theorectical shortest distance)

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