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25 November 2003, 05:04 pm
Joyon Making Progress South
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Now approaching the Canaries, the French skipper aboard the trimaran IDEC, has profited from a slight lull, after the battering the boat got last night in 50-knot breezes.
The 100 km winds did not impress either the skipper, or the trimaran itself, although as Joyon noted this morning, It was a bit more violent than I had envisaged, but I had no real times when I was concerned."

I spent most of the evening under bare poles, which in 50 knots of wind is the only thing to do. I only had one real tense moment, the boat took off on the crest of a wave, and began to surf down it sideways, but it was not a real problem"

Sailing any boat in a Force 10, "storm", and especially a multihull single handed, is no easy matter and requires a balance between keeping cool and controlling the fear to keep motivated.

At 1300 local time today, Joyon was but 42 miles from Lanzarote. Due to make the island by nightfall he currently lies about one day faster than than the fully crewed Sport Elec.

Full position reports are available on his website at the address below.
ISAF News Editor (Source: IDEC Website)
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