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From Trindade to Fernando

Bertrand de Broc - MACSF
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© MACSFBertrand de Broc (MACSF): “I’m around thirty miles from Fernando de Noronha. I slowed a bit, furling my headsail so as to arrive there in daylight. The sun rises here at around 0900hrs UTC. I’ll then lower the mainsail once leeward of the islands. The goal is to dive to take a look under the hull. We have our suspicions, but we need to see. I have never heard this noise before and I’ve been sailing this boat for four years. We haven’t done anything special to the keel, but we did carry out an X-ray inspection. I hit something off Portugal, but it didn’t seem to be serious. The noise is unbearable when the keel comes into play. Crossing the Southern Ocean with such doubts would not be reasonable, so we need to check it out. I had Marc Guillemot on the phone and he has never heard such a noise either. In the Transat Jacques Vabre, we got above 25 knots and never heard it.”

© Lloyd ImagesArmel Le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire VIII): “We’ve made it onto the train. We’re going down very quickly towards the Cape of Good Hope getting around the high. It’s a great opportunity to put some miles behind us with a 20-25 knot NNE’ly wind and decent seas. We’re fast with peak speeds of 27 knots. We should clock up more than 500 miles in a day, but the goal isn’t to achieve records but to get as quickly as we can into the Southern Ocean. There’s still a long way to go to get to Les Sables d’Olonne and so we have to pay attention to the equipment and not do just anything. The gaps are going to be huge and grow even bigger, but we knew that would happen at the start. The doors have closed on the chasing boats and the train has set off. We have ideal conditions to get across the Atlantic and can look forward to three big days. We should be able to catch our breath again just after the Cape of Good Hope.”

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