SKipper, Pascal spoke earlier about the first 24hrs....
Pascal Bidegorry spoke in the french vacations earlier, this is the summary based on my translation - please dont quote me!: BPV has seen up to 47 knots of wind in a strong and short sea in the approach of the Cape Finisterre. We have clocked above 40 knots in boat speed, it is necessary to pay attention at this speed.
We have put all equipment in the back, it was even necessary to put a bit of ballast aft, because the boat has a tendency to nose dive as we found on the record of Mediterranean Sea. It was a bit tense last night, but we did all our maneuvers well.
For the first night at sea the crew have been abused a little, and this will continue throughout the day as i speak to you we have over 30 knots of winds and are doing 35knots! For this morning we are just focused on the weather to come.