It's Christmas season and I'm sure you are all rushing around and sometimes lose track of which way is up. Sadly my boat has the same problem as it keeps falling over! Conditions are pretty reasonable with wind varying between 25 and 30, with gusts a little more, on a broad reach with one reef and the small J1 reaching sail. However, one gust came in and the rudders lost grip and the boat spun around with the bow to the wind, the sails flapping wildly. I was inside and was pu
C'est marrant comme le corps et l'esprit humain adaptent leur zone de confort rapidement. J'ai bien profité des conditions un peu plus calmes pour dormir, nettoyer, ranger et vérifier chaque boulon et vis à bord du bateau et également pour barrer un peu. Les conditions "calmes" sont ici de 25 à 30 noeuds, et les vitesses modérées d'environ 22 noeuds dans les surfs, ça change des décollages inopinés pendant lesquels on se demande comment va se passer l'arrivée dans la vague su
It's funny how the human body and mind can adapt and grow their comfort zones so quickly. I have been enjoying the calm conditions to catch up on sleep, clean and tidy the boat, check every available nut, bolt and screw and to enjoy driving at more moderate conditions. In this case, "calm" means 25 to 30 knots of wind and moderate speeds means only surfing to 22kts instead of wondering when we'll enter low orbit!
With Christmas just around the corner, I have been circulatin
I am currently cruising down the edge of the exclusion zone, heading for a rendezvous with the Campbell Islands under New Zealand for Christmas time. I have perfect southern ocean conditions, 30 knots gusting 35 that allow me to keep a high average speed and surf down the huge swells with small safe sails. Several days ago when I decided to keep heading East when the strong front ran me down I had this scenario in mind and knew that if I could stay fast enough to keep up wit
Tous les grincements, craquements, claquements qui font partie de mon quotidien ont pris une tournure plus menaçante depuis hier et l'annonce du démâtage de Stéphane. Je n'ose même pas imaginer le bruit de son rêve qui s'écroule avec le gréement. Je connais Stéphane depuis 2009, nous avions fait la Mini Transat ensemble et j'ai toujours trouvé que c'était un très bon marin rapide mais prudent donc je suis vraiment déçu pour lui. Je lui souhaite plein de courage pour la suite
The creaks and groans, slams and bangs that are part of my daily life took on a more ominous tone last night with the news that Stephane had lost his rig. What would it sound like to have your dreams come crashing down around your ears?! I have been friends with him since 2009 when we did the Mini Transat together and have always found him to be a fast, but safe, competitor so it's doubly disappointing. My thoughts are with him to get safely back to land.
The pounding on the windows is still there, but weaker now, as if the ocean has beaten itself into a peaceful weariness like the skipper aboard the boat. All things are relative however, the boat is surfing at nearly 20 knots and the wind is still into the thirties but this is considered a "lull' after all that has come before. The first big depression, one that deserved special mention by the race directors who told us to hang onto our hats, is over and I'm currently running
Le martèlement sur les hublots est toujours là mais un peu plus faible maintenant, comme si l'océan était un peu fatigué à l'image du skipper. Enfin tout est relatif parce que le bateau continue à surfer à 20 noeuds et le vent souffle dans les 30 noeuds mais c'est plutôt "tranquille" comparé à ce que nous avons eu juste avant. La première grosse dépression, celle pour laquelle la direction de course nous avait dit de bien nous cramponner, est passée et je suis en ce moment da
Well, there's quite a breeze outside at the moment and the front is still approaching so it's going to blow harder before it even thinks about dying down. I am happy with our position relative to the coming front as I have enough space from the ice exclusion zone to bear away and run downwind if I need to when the front passes with an estimated 55kts in the gusts.
I currently am ripping along with my smallest jib and two reefs in the main sail and even with such small sails