Speaking of fast Orange boats….The wind increased
very suddenly in the Bay of Cadiz last night, going from 5 to 25 knots
almost instantly. It was just what Francis Joyon wanted for the start
of his Discovery Route record attempt and he set out at 0530 UTC. Shortly
after the start Joyon said “I set out with one reef, but there are
squalls and IDEC was leaping up to 32, 33 knots and dropping down to 20,
then charging off again, so I’ve had to reduce sail to a two reef
main and storm jib. The start was violent; night, big waves breakers.”
It was certainly a start at the sharp end. Since then he’s been
clocking on at close to 24 hour record speeds and, barring accidents,
should be approaching the Canaries within 24 hours of the start. The website is in French only, but there’s the sort of tracker the VOR should
have had on there and the stories, translated into English, are on SA
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This pic by Jean-Marie Liot.