Day 73 towards Cape Horn - wind to 30kt dies down - nice sunshine most ofday!

Wednesday 2nd January, 2013

Pressure dropped to 992hPa and then steadied at 993 for most of the day, with overnight wind gusting to 30 knots easing to F5-6 and slowly to F4-5 by sunset.

In the Vendée Globe, Alex Thomson, on Hugo Boss, passed S of us today - just under 100 ml away! My plotter has several blue/white flags showing racers' positions, as I'm keeing tabs on them!

Sun shining a lot today, with some rain late afternoon, clearing before sunset to give nearly clear sky , wind from nearly astern - on starboard quarter. ... lighter wind now.

9.45pm Heard a bang earlier which I couldn't understand... As I was talking to Jane, NH7TZ, after PacSeaNet, heard a lot of noise on deck - went up - lower forward starboard shroud fitting to deck has broken and shroud end was swinging about - too dark to see properly now - must look to see how I can attach it to deck again .... Shroud is fine, it's the fitting that has gone... Not sure what I can do but conditions now are fairly easy, TG! Worrying though.....

24hr DMG at 5pm local time (2300GMT / CST in N.America): 117 n.ml. Cape Horn 571 n.ml. away and my waypoint, off the continental shelf, well S of C. Horn, was 595 n.ml. away. The nearest big island along the channels of the SW Chile coast is Isla Desolacion, 326 n.ml. away to E and the W entrance to Magellan Strait is 330 n.ml. away, just to its N.
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For my positions, see:
www.svnereida.com - 'Travels' - "Where is 'Nereida'?"
http://www.exactearth.com/media-centre/recent-ship-tracks/tracking-nereida/
http://oceantracker.net?event=nereida

Written by : Mike

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