Some news from Alan Roura (La Fabrique) this morning.
"It is getting cooler and the fleece is out and the blanket to sleep, well the sleeping bag! It is a thick one I took with me on the last race and which I know you need to get warm with down there.
Finally, since the end of yesterday I have been able to put the indicator on to turn left and we have conditions to go full pelt towards Cape of Good Hope. It had been quite hard on morale to be heading towards Cape Horn as opposed to Cape of Good Hope, but now are there on the right course and it feels good to be eating up miles in the right direction!
We have faster angles, now we just need to keep up the pace because up ahead they have set up. I had a good night because I was able to come back on Romain (Attanasio) and Clarisse (Cremer), so that feels good.
We have 15 knots, so not a lot, sailing an angle close to the wind, so not very fast, but the sea is flat and there are no squalls, and I can get some rest. It is time to look after ourselves a bit because we really had to struggle along the coast of Brazil there.
Conditions are good today and then as of tomorrow afternoon it is going to get a bit stronger and things will be a bit more intense. I should be down to around 37 degrees south tomorrow, whilst it is not the big South, it is quite far, and I expect to latch on to a depression which should start gently but then we should pelt it down towards Cape of Good Hope. It is hard to say what to expect at all times because the weather files have not been at all reliable.
Four years ago, I was here in adventure mode and it was not the same boat and not in the same spirit. Now I am going to try and race better. We are not going to get the same exact conditions we had four years ago and every time you sail it is different. I am taking it on as if it were the first time.
I love the South. I know that four years ago I just loved it. It is a combination of great things; the hours and hours of light and the colours are magnificent; the long swell that you can surf the boat down.”
Alan Roura, La Fabrique