(December 29, 2015; Day 38) – After a turbulent start to the South Atlantic; bouncing between being becalmed, squalls, headwinds and very messy seas, with the boat banging, slamming and vibrating; the 40m maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, on her quest for the Jules Verne Trophy, has finally managed to extricate itself from the clutches of this anticyclone, which has offered no respite.
Now, driven by south-east trade winds of 15-20 knots, the sailors are heading for the famous Doldrums known for being easier to cross at this time of year in the West Atlantic. They will be sailing on a starboard tack for at least 6,000km (3,728 miles) to the Azores high.
From onboard, Dona B…
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