When we jibed we realized that something was wrong with our mast. Putting a mate up 75 feet above the deck (yes our rig is gigantic for a 50 foot boat!) is taking their life in your hands when it is blowing 25+ with 30+ foot waves. It takes a lot of mutual trust and confidence. Crusty and David hoisted Zan up and I steered the boat, as steady and smooth as possible. Yes, sailing an average of 16.8 mph for 24 hours with a max-speed of 27 knots on the GPS takes a toll on the equipment and the team. After a couple of heavy weather jibes, we realized that something had tangled up at the top-end of the mast. All solved now, with good team work, focus and some acrobatics. With just 4 of us on board, we’re very busy and have to take some calculated risks. Now time for a dark and wet night. A good one!
Crusty is filming with his iPhone 4, Zan is on top of the mast and you see me at the end of Crusty’s clip steering.
Wow! We broke the IMOCA Open 50 24 hour record: We did 403+ Nautical Miles. This is really impressive because we broke that record by close to 80 nautical miles and the 400 mile mark was a huge unattainable barrier for a long time on sailboats of any size. We knew it was a fast around the clock ride, and extreme. Now the numbers show them. Here are our two reporting positions 24 hours apart. You can verify my calculations:
lat 36.59 N
lon 128.36 W
lat 36.07 N
lon 136 53 W
This gives me a Distance of 403.1 Nautical miles at a course of 262º, 36′.7 True