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日付変更線通過
San Francisco - Yokohama
05.04.2008 - 09:42 - With the midway mark of the course in their wake, Gitana 13 is continuing its ride to Yokohama. Six and a half days after leaving San Francisco, Lionel Lemonchois and his ten crew are maintaining a brisk pace across the North Pacific and had racked up a lead of over 540 miles on the reference time at 0830 hours. However, the second half of the course is already promising to be rather spicy.

"Our night (during the day on Friday GMT) was not very amusing as we had shifty winds both in terms of strength and direction. This forced us to make a few sail changes and meant that the men on watch on deck had to be extremely vigilant. Conditions have become steadier now though and Gitana 13 is flying along at over 20 knots under full mainsail and large gennaker” detailed Léopold Lucet last night.
A few hours prior to that the crew of the maxi-catamaran in the colours of LCF Rothschild Group had proceeded with a gybe, after which they repositioned themselves slightly to the north and gybed again overnight. This morning, Gitana 13 is sailing downwind on port tack, benefiting from a fine Pacific swell to slip along the edge of a ridge of high pressure: “It’s like the Russian mountains behind us! It’s the first time that the sea has been so well organised and this long swell is quite a sight" recounted Léo.

Making the most of this temporary stability, the standby watch spontaneously got down to a little shaving session, knowing full well that the wind is set to pick up again as the weekend draws to a close. Indeed, the crew of Gitana 13 have a rendez-vous with another cold front, which they’re likely to hit on Sunday evening. The S’ly wind will then clock round to the south-west, filling in slightly at the rear of the front. Following on from this, they will encounter 20 to 25 knots of N'ly wind, with gusts possibly reaching 30 knots, so conditions will be rather feisty for the eleven sailors.


A leap in time at the passage of the International Date Line
In a few hours time Gitana 13 should cross what we refer to as the International Date Line (the opposing meridian to that of Greenwich). The crossing of this imaginary line indicated by the 180th meridian, will mark the maxi-catamaran’s passage from the western longitudes to those of the east. However, in addition to the change in longitudes, the international date line will also disrupt the onboard clock, as Sylvain Mondon explains in this email sent to the crew of Gitana 13: “The 5th April will be a very short day for you. Indeed, if you take into account the local time, when you cross 180° you’ll lose a day in relation to the local calendar. As a result the end of day will be that of 4th April amongst the Hawaiians, but already that of 5th April amongst the Fijians. Those of you who have already crossed the line in the other direction have experienced the same date twice so it’s good to reset the clock from time to time…” concluded the router from Météo France somewhat humorously.
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by kojiro_shiraishi | 2008-04-06 23:30 | Comments(0)
「Gitana 13」より白石氏のメッセージが到着!!


お待たせ致しました!!

現在、「Gitana13」のクルー一員として
サンフランシスコ~横浜間で、太平洋横断最速記録に挑戦中の
白石氏からの日本時間4日朝のメッセージをお伝えします。





まずは、クルー一同皆元気であり、食事も取れています。

クルー全員が皆プロフェッショナルであり、

それぞれの任務をしっかりと遂行しています。

皆さんに写真で航海状況をお伝えしたいのですが、

デッキ上はかなりのしぶきを受けて濡れているため、

残念ながら、撮影は難しいです。

現在非常に良いペースで航海を続けており、

横浜到着までは残り6日間程だと思います。

ただし、ラスト2,3日が勝負となるため、気を引き締めていきます。


皆さんに宜しくお伝え下さい!!!







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出発前の白石康次郎氏
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・・・とのことでした。

何よりも、クルーに非常に良い刺激を受け、
とても良いチームワークが発揮されている様でした。

予定されていたよりも日本への連絡時間の確保が難しい様
なのですが、航海情報は引き続きUPしています!



STAFFより
by kojiro_shiraishi | 2008-04-04 11:06 | Comments(1)
航海4日目突入
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さてさて、サンフランシスコ出発より4日と11時間が経過しました。

2日夜の時点で、マウイ島の320マイル北を航海中です。

出発後2日間は、悪天候の影響もあり、ご飯も調理の必要のないシリアルバーやチョコレートを口にするだけでしたが、ここ数日は、きのこパスタなど軽い調理もできるくらいに安定した航海が続いているようです(平均21ノットで航海)。

San Francisco - Yokohama
03.04.2008 - 09:27 - Since leaving San Francisco last Saturday at 22h45’45’’ UT, Lionel Lemonchois and his crew have been racking up the miles at a steady pace – an average of over 21 knots – as they jump from one weather system to another. This strategy has paid off as, after just four days of racing, the 33 metres maxi-catamaran has a good lead over the reference time.

“Conditions are now ideal… We have been experiencing periods of sailing which have been considerably more pleasant over the past 24 hours. We have brilliant sunshine, increasingly calm seas and a twenty knot NE'ly breeze, which are currently enabling us to belt along at between 27 and 34 knots” confided Cyril Dardashti shortly after 2300 hours yesterday night.


No passage of “Diamond Head” for Gitana 13
In 2006, during its conclusive east to west crossing of the Pacific, Geronimo completed the course in three stages. In fact, weather conditions were such that Olivier de Kersauson and his crew were pushed onto a very S’ly course. This was so far south that the maxi-trimaran treated itself to two intermediary records (San Francisco / Honolulu then Honolulu / Yokohama) in addition to the North Pacific record crossing. For Lionel Lemonchois and his ten crew, the objective has always been to reduce the reference time for the whole course so the possibility of a passage between the Hawaiian Island was quickly moved to one side. The reasons for this are that the conditions Gitana 13 is currently benefiting from are enabling her to make headway towards the goal without having to round off her trajectory too much. “If the wind had guided us close to Honolulu we’d certainly have attempted the intermediary records, but we're passing too far north of the archipelago to warrant adding additional miles. This is rather good news for the outright crossing record!” added Cyril. Positioned 320 miles north of the island of Maui yesterday night, the maxi-catamaran has since left the Hawaiian archipelago abeam of her, to port.

“This North Pacific crossing is a record you have to hunt down. As a result we haven’t eased off the pace since leaving San Francisco so we can get the very best out of Gitana 13!” Their efforts have been rewarded as, after just four days and a few hours on the counter, the maxi-catamaran equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild has held a comfortable lead over Geronimo: 379 miles at the 0830 position report.


Today this NE’ly wind is set to hold as it clocks round progressively to the E and then the SE tomorrow. This rotation will accompany Lionel Lemonchois’ men in what will be their only day in a tradewind air flow during this record. According to Sylvain Mondon’s forecast, this fifth day at sea also promises to be one of the most productive since the start. Indeed, the combination of strong, established winds and fairly flat seas should enable Gitana 13 to lengthen her stride – the 600 miles covered in 24 hours are likely to be exceeded in principle – and they will be able to open up their lead still further over their virtual rival.



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by kojiro_shiraishi | 2008-04-03 18:33 | Comments(0)
途中経過

出発より3日と14時間が経過しました。


San Francisco - Yokohama
02.04.2008 - 09:19 - In order to make the maximum of headway on Gitana 13's journey to Yokohama, Lionel Lemonchois has opted to follow a course coloured by feisty conditions, putting a strain on both the men and the machine. The strategy has paid off however as at this morning's 0730 ranking, the sailors of Gitana Team had clocked up 1,000 miles towards the goal and had a lead of over 324 miles on the current reference time. Aboard the maxi-catamaran equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, everyone is adapting to this badly paved route and relishing the opportunity to defy the stopwatch in this east to west crossing of the North Pacific.

“The sea and the wind calmed down increasingly this afternoon and we've been making the most of it to recuperate and sponge down the boat" recounted Olivier Wroczynski yesterday evening. You can well imagine that beam on to winds gusting to over 30 knots with messy seas constantly dumping onto the deck of Gitana 13, nothing aboard is simple: communicating, eating, sleeping… all this requires a certain dexterity.
As a result, the temporary calm which the eleven crew experienced yesterday, shortly before tackling their third day, was much appreciated: “It’s almost like a holiday at the moment if you compare this to the conditions we encountered during the first two days sailing. We've been able to knock up our first meal - in as much as freeze-dried food can be considered as such – and the menu comprised pasta with wild mushrooms. Prior to that our diet since leaving San Francisco has consisted of cereal bars and chocolate, which are quickly devoured and require no preparation.”


After over three days at sea, the sailors of Gitana Team have got into the rhythm of the watches imposed by an eleven man crew configuration: “You always need at least two or three days before you adapt to the broken sleep of the watches; you sleep an average of 3 hours every 6 hours” explained the crew member who everyone has nicknamed Zolive.


From this morning onwards, the wind is set to fill in again and for Lionel Lemonchois and his crew, who are still reaching (sailing beam on to the wind), some rather uncomfortable hours lay ahead once more. However, as everything comes to those who wait… at the end of the day, they may well be able to bear away slightly and finally benefit from some more manageable conditions to lengthen their stride with all their sails aloft.


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by kojiro_shiraishi | 2008-04-02 21:05 | Comments(0)
4月1日(火)情報
San Francisco - Yokohama
01.04.2008 - 09:32 - Since setting out from San Francisco on Saturday night (UT), Lionel Lemonchois and his ten crew have been experiencing a diversity of weather, characteristic of this east to west crossing of the North Pacific. With 952 miles actually made good over the ground in the past 48 hours, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group is maintaining an average pace of over 20 knots.


Lionel Lemonchois and his men have racked up two days on the water since they passed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Gitana 13. Already they have observed a wide range of conditions served up by the North Pacific: the powerful NW'ly wind of the first few hours quickly gave way to less steady winds as they rounded a ridge of high pressure. This slight drop in speed was short-lived however as a few hours later the wind picked up again with the approach of a cold front…

“Yesterday we had to put in a tack to the NW to enable the wind to head sufficiently. These few hours sailing close to the wind weren’t the most pleasant… we really struggled to make headway!” said Lionel Lemonchois.

In these conditions, it’s not easy to discuss things on deck and even less so to get off to sleep when the rest watch comes around: “It was impossible to sleep this afternoon as once you were in the bunk, the movements of the boat left us ping-ponging between the bulkheads. Fortunately, since the passage of the front and a gradually more organised sea, it's already slamming less aboard Gitana 13. We are still being sparing with our steed as the Pacific has not settled down enough to enable us to lengthen our stride. We're approaching things the right way though!” said the skipper of Gitana 13 positively, as the maxi-catamaran gradually picked up speed last night.

Now on starboard tack, Gitana 13 is on a heading of 241 as she prepares to encounter her next system: there is good cloud cover dropping down from the NW with 30 knots of wind forecast. As a result, the wet atmosphere is still par for the course for Gitana Team for the next 24 hours.


Far from the direct course
In this North Pacific crossing, the men on the maxi-catamaran equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, are engaged in a virtual race against the giant trimaran skippered by Olivier de Kersauson, the current record holder.

At the 0730 ranking this morning, Lionel Lemonchois and his crew had a 371 mile lead over the reference time; a figure which is partly explained by the lateral separation of Gitana 13 in relation to Geronimo’s 2006 attempt. Indeed the conditions encountered by the “Admiral” at the time, led him to pass a long way south of the great circle route. A direct course, which as we can see on the cartography, would force the sailors tackling this record, to adopt a very N’ly trajectory to make Yokohama. This is pure theory however as in reality the weather conditions dictate a much more S’ly course compared to that of the ideal track.

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by kojiro_shiraishi | 2008-04-01 21:04 | Comments(2)


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