The solo sailing blog: Sailing towards Cape Horn

Alex Thomson
alex 300x225 The solo sailing blog: Sailing towards Cape Horn

Alex Thomson on board his monohull 'Hugo Boss' (Getty Images)

Morning! I spent most of last night sailing in a southeasterly direction waiting for the wind to shift to the northwest so I could gybe. It felt a little strange being south of Cape Horn and still heading south but now the shift has come and I have gybed this morning. I am now am sailing in the direction of Cape Horn and should be arriving in about the next 16 hours or so.

I have about 300 miles left before I make this first solo passage of the horn. There are reports of a lot of ice around Cape Horn area so naturally I am also a little apprehensive about that. But the race committee provide us with positions of all the icebergs within the area on a daily basis, so with this information I should be able to navigate my way past the Horn safely and back into the south Atlantic.

The other good news is that I managed to do some work on the hydro generator yesterday. I still have a fair bit to do and will keep plugging away at it. I take every opportunity in the weather I get to work on this and hope that there will be more opportunities in the South Atlantic for me to get this done so I can get out of power saving mode and have my full attention on finishing the race.

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