The lanky American's finger nails dig into the carbon fibre
Foncia (ex-Primagaz) calling Planet Earth
July 2/2227 UTC (1827 EDT)
Position: 48 04 N 37 06 W
Foncia – Alias Lizard Express – is at 25 knots boat speed, on port jibe and
haulin’ in the miles. It’s not easy to type at this pace on a French keyboard!
We have northwest wind at 23 knots. It’s sunny, wet and wild. Our position at
the three day mark was 47 18N 41 44 W. Seventy two hours gone, and 1482
miles to go.
All aboard are in great spirits and happy mood. Weather is looking excellent
for next 24 hrs and not bad ’til the finish. So we press on with great pace and
hope the wind gods and lords of the seven seas keep shining on us as we shred
the ocean miles. At dawn the colors on the sky and the sea were beyond the
realm of the artists palette. Incredible to say the least. As the sun rose
the fog and clouds cleared.
I was steering this pitching wild ride in the port cockpit (in the port float of the trimaran) 15 feet above the
seas streaming by below. The seas were an e-ticket to ride at 29 kts boat
speed. Finally, I got slammed by an incoming curler. Knocked the wind out of me
so I went down the net to cockpit centrale to steer from there for the
remainder of my watch. Wetter, but I will live longer driving there, as long
as my eyeballs stay attached!
We have a second reef going in now. We continue on the Great Circle Road
with pace and determination to bag this record. We need to keep the boat
speed average up around 19 knots which is do-able.
With the wind in the low 20s, staysail and two reefs in the main is a safe
and rapid combo. More than that and it’s time for to drop the staysail, turn
on the autopilot and everyone heads for a bunk below.
This boat is a machine. There are few words to describe the experience. The
ride on deck or below is wild beyond most peoples’ imagination — bounce,
jump, lurch, surge, jerk, leap, wet spray, wild big wave. Oakley H2O goggles
are a must if you want to see anything on deck. Yeah, this is fun. Sorry you
all can’t be here.
Time for sleep.