tisdag 4 augusti 2009

Sailing to Brest




We left St. Peter Port on Guernsey yesterday August 2 early morning and we were able to sail for some hours, but then – again - we had the winds against us and we had to start the motors. We are pleased when we sail with the tide but struggle when we sail against it. We sailed throughout the night and arrived in Brest 25 hours later – tired but happy to be in a harbour again after having had heavy winds “out there”.

Yesterday afternoon an enormous Trimaran passed us and we were really curious about the boat! We got the answer in the harbour of Brest. The Trimaran Banque Populaire had set a new world record when sailing from New York over the Atlantic in 3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds in an average almost 32.92 knots – slightly faster then we…… The old record from July 2007 was 4 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 54 seconds. Gladan is moored just behind the Banque Populaire so for the first time we do not get any attention…. The TV-teams are not filming us, and the photographers and journalists are not interviewing us….

It is still very windy and rainy. The forecast previews heavy winds also tomorrow but in the night August 4 – 5 the winds will calm down and hopefully we are able to leave for our fight with the Bay of Biscay that night. Tonight we will have a good night´s sleep and a “slow” day tomorrow to gather forces for sailing about 3 nights and days to reach La Coruna in Spain. Keep your fingers crossed for good winds and nice Spanish weather!

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