At 02.38GMT this morning I achieved a new milestone as I rounded Cape Horn, it is a huge achievement for me and the team behind me.
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.
On such a long race alone it is good to have key milestones to tick off along the way, however small they might seem. Passing my furthest point in this race off the Cape of Good Hope was a big psychological tick for me and now having taken the boat further around the world than it has ever been is another boost on my way to the finish.
The wind over Christmas day eased down and allowed me to catch up on some much needed rest as the previous 24 hours had been hard work with many sail changes and reefs in and out.
I crossed the international date line at around 6am this morning so I am now sailing behind GMT.
With one hydrogenerator broken and out of action, and the condition too rough to put the other in the water, I need continue on power saving mode at the moment, in order to give myself enough power to finish the race in case anything else goes wrong.
I am firmly back in the south now after my brief excursion further north, and my meeting with cyclone Claudia which turned out to be a little disappointing.
I was in my bunk this morning when the pilot accidentally gybed the boat in about 25 knots of wind. It was not an enjoyable moment – in an instant having your whole world turn on its side.
After sailing east to catch cyclone Claudia, it is nice to be finally heading in the right direction again, a small thing but it makes a difference as I have not been able to do that for some time.
I’m currently in 4th place as I sail past the bottom of Australia. I’ve slowed down slightly today as the wind is light this morning and will continue to get lighter as I sail into what is left of the ex-cyclone Claudia and line up for the next system which will arrive quickly.
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