Francis Joyon and the crew of IDEC Sport are doing incredible things out there as they blaze their way to a likely smashing of the outright round-the-world record. After watching the video above, we are, quite simply, in awe, and praying for no record-ending problems. There’s up-to-the-minute info in the thread, and a nice graphical interface for the trip here. Below is a translation from SA’er ‘Laurent’ of the latest info regarding light air and repairs:
“We are in some kind of ridge that is regenerating itself as we progress. Eventually, two wind systems from the general direction of South East will merge and become the true SE Trades wind. We should be able to use it up to the Equator. We should escape from the current light variable winds sometime in the middle of the night.
“We had some computer problems. We fixed the bow and then the mainsail traveler. We had to dismantle it and put it back together. The gennaker furler drum freed itself and dinged the hull in a dozen places. I fixed the small holes to make sure that the honeycomb will not get torn off by waves. We took advantage of the light winds to fix everything. One hour wasted now does not delay our crossing at the Equator. Whether we go fast or not right now does not really matter.
“We go fast because the guys cannot help themselves… As soon as there is a puff, they trim in the sails, and then we fall in the next wind hole… It is in their nature, you cannot stop them. It is just as well like this.“
Also, Marcel van Triest explains that between a close-to-Argentina route, with a lot of close hauled sailing and a looong curved route towards the East, they decided to take a median route. It is a little bit “chaotic” (fast, stop, fast, stop) but they are satisfied with it.