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  • Bob Conrich
    Yachting World 30 November 2004 Vendée Globe 2004/05 Yachting World s coverage as it happens Sleigh ride for Alex Yesterday was a great day for Akex Thomson,
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      Yachting World
      30 November 2004
      Vendée Globe 2004/05
      Yachting World's coverage as it happens
      Sleigh ride for Alex


      Yesterday was a great day for Akex Thomson, as he closed the gap on the leading pack by 50 miles, and by the 1900 poll, he
      had enjoyed the greatest distance in the last 24 hr period. At various points his boat speeds exceeded 25 knots.

      But it was also a period of frustration, as the increased wind and boat speeds make every activity more difficult. By the
      time it came to gybe the boat, the breeze had got up to 45 knots. In preparation for the gybe, Alex had to shift all the
      gear from one side to another, get back on deck, move the ORC sail bag (which remains on deck), put in the 2nd reef in the
      mainsail, roll up the trinquette (aka staysail), set up the new runner, swing the keel and then finally gybe.

      Once the boat was on its new course, the new runner needed to be fully wound on, the staysail unfurled again, and the 2nd
      reef in the mainsail had to be shaken out. The process took 90 minutes after which Alex found himself exhausted - especially
      as halfway through the process, a huge wave swamped the boat and knocked Alex to the cockpit floor.

      But for a change, it was a reasonably uneventful night, and as he passed just 16 miles north of Tristan da Cunha, Alex spoke
      by VHF with the Governor of the Island, Mike Hentley, who, on behalf of the 300 race-following islanders, wished him well
      for his onward journey. The next 24 hours will be yet another period of considered decision-making for Thomson. "The next
      depression will be very interesting, as the weather models seem to change daily," he said cautiously. "It's extraordinarily
      difficult to predict what will happen and therefore where to position myself."

      As to which option Alex will take, only the next few hours will tell. He is currently sailing at 15 knots with one reef in
      the main, and the solent flying.


      Press release/Yachting World, 30 November 2004
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