CALMING THINGS DOWN IN THE PACIFIC
8 January 2017
At the start of the 24th day of racing in the remote part of the South Pacific, IDEC SPORT has managed to slide under a low and is advancing in a NW’ly breeze blowing at around fifteen knots in calmer seas. While Francis Joyon and his men have slowed down , the pace is still good as they chase after the Jules Verne Trophy.
“There are several weather hurdles ahead of us,” declared the skipper of the red and grey maxi-trimaran. “The high isn’t too much of a problem as we can get around the south. We won’t be that fast, but will get by. It’s closer to the Horn that we risk finding ourselves without any wind.”
There has been a slight slow down today, which is a welcome break for the six men on IDEC SPORT, as they make their way towards the Horn, which is around 2000 miles ahead. Because of the weather uncertainties, Francis is unable to give an ETA for the third major cape, but for now he is 1185 miles ahead of the record set by Banque Populaire V.
“We’re still feeling positive as we approach Cape Horn, which offers us a lot of hope, as we should be well within the record when we round it,” he added as the trimaran continues through the fog and relatively mild weather in the South Pacific at 58°S.
Almost 1 200 miles ahead of schedule by 59° South ➡ http://bit.ly/2i7fGlh
It's under the sign of the cold that idec sport track this sunday his way across the pacific in the direction of Cape Horn, distant of 1 800 miles. Francis Joyon and his crew have managed to sneak under a anticyclone that currently a few competitors of the vendée globe, positioned 300 miles further north. On the alert, permanently watch for dodging the threat of bumping into an iceberg and the gates of 60° South, the six men on board do nothing in this extreme navigation. They continue to draw with conviction performing a trajectory that lets you win continuously on the board walk from the Jules Verne trophy. This afternoon, they display an advance which amounts to almost 1 200 miles to the approach of Cape Horn, they could double in the next 3-4 days.