Foto Yann Riou
HIGH-PRESSURE RIDGE 0 - DEPRESSION
The racing trimaran has been in the Pacific Ocean for just over 24 hours now, and is trying to get to the last cape of this crewed round-the-world record attempt as quickly as possible. Passing close to the coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Dona Bertarelli, Yann Guichard and their 12 teammates are finally finished with the ridge of high pressure and are now in a depression with a westerly wind of 30 knots. The speedometer should start to climb on board as the legendary swell of the South Seas should make its first appearance. A second depression, that is developing to the east of the first one, will be crucial in choosing the right route to take in the Pacific.
In terms of life on board, there is still a little over half of the road ahead for the 14 sailors, who after 22 days at sea are beginning to lose track of time as they have to juggle with all the time zones - as Dona Bertarelli said in her message from the boat.
Day 22 – 16h00 GMT
205.6 nm behind the current record holder
Distance covered from the start: 14,416.3 nm
Average speed over 24 hours: 25.5 knots
Distance over 24 hours: 613 nm
A change of scene as the team approaches New Zealand.
We’re almost done with the lacklustre ridge we’ve been with for a number of days, cursing it all the way.
Deepening of a low pressure system south of New Zealand. The 30-knot westerly wind will be established this afternoon, between the depression and the high land relief of South Island.
Westerly swell, 4m. Gusting.
We’ll even have two lows for the price of one. A secondary depression is deepening east of the first one. It’ll keep us busy until Monday evening, perhaps beyond.
To be frank, the future of that low will determine our course in the South Pacific. We’re keeping a close eye on it.
MESSAGE FROM DONA BERTARELLI
Don’t ask me what time it is. I’ve got no idea. I don’t even know whether it’s morning, afternoon or evening.
On board we use UTC, also known as GMT. Does that help? Not really: it makes it all the more confusing!
Just to give you an idea, daybreak is at 6.30pm, and nightfall at 1pm. But it gets worse. Lunch is at four o’clock in the morning, and our evening meal is at midday! That should give you an idea of the chaos, but there’s more: all these times shift by an an hour and a half every day.
So I just eat when I’m told to eat, without asking too many questions, but when I woke up this morning I didn’t really enjoy having paella for breakfast.
Foto Yann Riou
Things will get even more complicated over the next two days, when we’ll go through the same day twice. Just after New Zealand we’ll cross the International Date Line, so one minute it will be midnight on December 15th, and the next it will be midnight on December 14th. It’s crazy, but that’s how Phileas Fogg, thinking he’d lost his bet, discovered that actually he had successfully travelled around the world in 80 days.
First 24 hours in the Pacific
Start of day 22 at 8h00 GMT
Position : 48.47.54’ S and 163.56.26 E
129,68 behind the record holder Banque Populaire V
Distance covered from the start: 14 193 nM
Distance traveled over 24 hours: 692,3 nM
Speed over 24 hours : 28,8 knts
Sails : Full mainsail and small gennaker