• A Call to AntarcticaOn March 10, 2009 at 13:43:19 French time, Skipper Rich Wilson and Great American III crossed the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne. Race time: 121 days, 41 minutes and 19 seconds
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Day 60 - Past the New Zealand ice gate

  • Jan

    January 8, 2009
    Distance covered the last 24 hours: 239.3 nautical miles. Finally passed the eastern end of the New Zealand ice gate. There is a big high pressure system to the north, and the next gate is ENE, but the wind is mostly west and therefore pushing us closer to the no-wind area of the high. Set the reacher last night but kept the first reef in the main as I think it is more stable for the unstable downwind conditions we have with lightening wind and trying to sail deep to avoid the high. Tried to get a bit more sleep in these calmer conditions. Spoke with Jonny Malbon as he made his way toward the North Island of New Zealand. He was in better spirits as he understands that his difficult decision was the right decision.