Banque Populaire V

Banque Populaire V

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Africa (update)

What a pleasure to be on this speeding machine. Last watch I drove for an hour with speed between 30 to 40 knots and a top speed of 42..Small gennaker, stay sail and one reef in the main in26 knots of wind. My top speed everon this boat was 45 knots last year, and the boats top speed is 47 when it did the Transatlantic Record in 3.5 days.

Now wind still 23 to 26 knots but sea calming a little so slightly less of a rodeo ride on board, or perhaps we are getting used to it! ..We changed from the small to the medium gennaker at noon, anticipating the wind dropping to 20 knots tonight, as we get closer to the Canaries..

Changing clothing as well, am now just wearing Musto light thermals under the Musto foul weather gear, Its still very wet on deck with the bows sending back jets of spray to the cockpit. Have not put on boots yet, just light shoes with Goretex socks, will save my boots for the Southern Ocean!

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