Vendée Globe 2016: Week 2

Still in the pack "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step".

It has only been 2 weeks since the start of the race but lots has happened. The leading group has escaped thanks to a good weather window while the chase pack is set to encounter far more complicated conditions but that is what sailing is about! Conrad is holding onto 16th position and within a group of much newer boats which really motivates him. Crossing the finish line remains the priority with a cruel reminder that the race can be finished any moment with 2 boats pulling out in the last week due to technical failures.

Mr Fixit

The first technical problems occurred in the second week of racing forcing our resourceful skipper to get to work. Conrad’s creativity was put to the test when the keel ram started to disassemble. Luckily he caught the problem in time, tighten the screw and managed to avoid any major issues. A small electric leak was found and repaired. Double Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux once said " An IMOCA boat equals one problem per day", let's hope Conrad has fewer!

8th Equator crossing !

After 12 days, 3 hours and 36 minutes of racing Foresight Natural Energy crossed the Equator. For Conrad it was his 8th Equator crossing: 5 double handed, 1 solo and 1 crewed, not bad for 32! It is always good for Kiwis to spend some time in the Southern hemisphere. Fingers crossed the next crossing will be in 2 months on the way back to Les Sables d'Olonne. But at the moment, one step at a time!

This week's figures:

1595 nm
20 743 nm to go
Highest speed: 19 knots
Highest number of nm per day: 320