Kingfisher2 had a better day 22 run than Geronimo or Orange but slowing the boat down on the previous day to make repairs, and the subsequent light wind conditions has had an adverse knock on effect on their record pace.
The crew have had their first sight of land since the start as they sailed within a few miles of Marion Island, "birds, waves crashing on cliffs, it was just awesome...all the off watch guys came on deck to appreciate it. There are a couple of scientists living there apparently...I'd like to come back and visit them one day when we're not in so much of a rush!"
Water temperature around the boat has now dropped to around 4 degrees, the only real guide to the fact that there may be icebergs around. Constant vigilance from both human eyes and the radar are necessary as any collision at high speeds could be catastrophic.
ELLEN LATEST AUDIO 0500 GMT:
"...Sailed passed Marion Island yesterday - really close, just 3 miles away. Fantastic conditions - sun, blue sky - clouds just covered the mountain tops and waves breaking along the cliffs... We currently going south but probably not for much longer, perhaps an hour. The breeze is back again which is great and we can probably gybe back on to a semi decent heading. The barometers still rising... Then we will be heading between Iles Crozet and Kerguelen Island - don't think we're go south of Kerguelen unless we have to gybe south again... We are pretty far south for this area but that's good - cutting back a few miles and without best conditions in the world. We had little option on the weather front so just going for it.
"Olivier de Kersauson rounded Cape Horn yesterday - for us, it's a relief he is out of the Southern Ocean on his way north - prety awesome he's made it through without any major problems. He'll be pretty happy now that he's off back to France. But at the same time, we know that the Atlantic can be pretty nasty place as well with no wind or head winds. I don't know what he'll have but if he has as little luck as we had on the way down - it won't be a lot of fun.
"Think we're pleased that overall Geronimo is only a day and a half ahead of Orange... Many people said the record could be broken by days and days, and it's kind of reassuring to see that even Olivier is not ahead of Orange by miles and miles. For us it's feasible to catch that up and the record's not being completely exploded."
SUMMARY: 0700 GMT 21.2.03 (position taken at 0728 GMT)
Position: 50 32'S 42 51'E (292 miles SE Marion Islands)
Ahead/Behind the record: 4 hours 8 minutes behind Orange (using WP6)
Ahead/Behind Geronimo: 73 hours 42 minutes behind Geronimo (using WP7)
DAY 22 24 hour run (point to point) : Kingfisher2 466 nm, Orange 397 nm, Geronimo 463 nm
End DAY 22 distance to go (on theoretical course) : KF2 16443 nm, Orange 16377 nm, Geronimo 15264 nm
Boat speed: 21.2 knots
Distance to WP6 46 00'S / 70 00'E 200 miles north of Kerguelen Islands : 1112 nm (theorectical shortest distance)