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16
Feb
2015

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Barcelona World Race: Welcome to the Pacific Ocean !

After entering the Indian Ocean on 25 January, Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed longitude 146° East, i.e. the border between the Indian and Pacific Ocean yesterday evening around 10.30pm.


After entering the Indian Ocean on 25 January, Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam passed longitude 146° East, i.e. the border between the Indian and Pacific Ocean yesterday evening around 10.30pm. The two Cheminées Poujoulat men, still at the head of the fleet with a 230 nautical mile lead, finally have better weather conditions and less sustained winds - after two terribly rough days - but are still sailing along at an average speed of 18 knots (as recorded this Tuesday), pushed forward by 20-25 knot North-Westerly winds towards Campbell Island (south of New Zealand) - the very last rock before Cape Horn. 
 
"We are sailing downwind, with 20-25 knot winds. For the last few hours, the sea has calmed down and the sky has cleared a little.  The weather conditions are good", stated Jean Le Cam this morning during the official communication session, obviously pleased with the more pleasant conditions over the last few days. "The last 48 hours were extremely rough. Luckily, as the sea was quite easy to handle, we were able to race on ahead, reaching high speeds. Even though we get used to everything out here, I can tell you that it's been no holiday for us, especially with the Neutrogena duo right on our tail. They are sailing swiftly, so we need to keep up with their pace in order to permanently maintain our lead. Obviously, it's better to be chased than to chase others, but the race is getting tighter", admitted the Cheminées Poujoulat co-skipper. The team is now sailing along the 50th parallel South, given the lowered icy no-go zone.

Half-way mark planned for tomorrow
This lowering actually shortened the race's theoretical route from 23,465 nautical miles to 23,440.  As a result, in less than 24 hours, Jean and Bernard will reach the round-the-world race's half-way mark, and they will reach the 180th meridian in about sixty hours (this meridian is directly opposed to the Greenwich meridian, and is common to both Eastern and Western latitudes). "It's nice to know that we will soon be switching to the East. It's a good sign and it's also a perfect time to check the boat. We have already started taking stock of all the essential points, and for now everything is fine. There are no problems on-board", specified the Finistère-born skipper, who also stated they had not been suffering from the cold. "We have had northern winds. Consequently, temperatures have been rather mild, but we will soon be hitting southern winds that come straight from the Antarctic. It'll no doubt get chilly when that time comes. We'll appreciate the small heater we installed on-board even more!", concluded Jean Le Cam.
 

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