This morning Maserati Multi 70 is sailing 250 miles off the coast of Namibia at 22° S, the latitude of Walvis Bay, whose lagoon is a worldwide famous spot for sailing speed records on flat waters.
Always with the wind astern, the crew had to make a couple of jibes to gain ground towards north. After the beautiful breezes of the last 48 hours, this morning, end of the eighteenth day of navigation, they had to pass through a lighter wind bubble.
At 8.48 UTC, Maserati Multi 70 is 2,000 miles from the Equator if it were to pass it at longitude 15° W, but 2.400 miles considering meridian 25° W. It’s always the same question: where to cross the doldrums zone?
The lead on the record holder has grown up to 1,200 miles.
Remember that Lionel Lemonchois had to stop 48 hours in Port Elisabeth before passing Good Hope, to let a winter depression pass.
There are less than 5,250 miles on the theoretical route.