A spot of DIY on the menu
This Monday, like all the competitors in the Vendée Arctique – Les Sables d’Olonne, Giancarlo Pedote is continuing to drop down towards the Vendée outside race mode, propelled along by around ten knots of W’ly wind. “The weather is pretty clear ahead of us. Right now, we’re playing around with a very sizeable zone of high pressure (1034 hp). The low-pressure system currently plonked over Brittany and generating fairly steady NW’ly wind will theoretically clear away the further down we get. As such, we’ll then be able to continue to make headway in a ridge of high pressure, which will settle into position over the coming days,” explains the skipper of Prysmian Group, who isn’t likely to encounter any really tough conditions as he makes towards Port Olona. “The boat is making good progress. I have Arnaud Boissières within AIS range. All’s well aboard, even though I’m pretty tired. Yesterday, one of my computers crashed and I had an issue with an engine seal, which meant I had to change some tubing and get my hands covered in diesel. Together with the tear in the mainsail, all these details one after the other, mean that I’ve had quite a bit of DIY to do. As a result, I tried to get as much rest as possible last night,” added the Florentine, who is currently positioned at the latitude of Achill Island, around sixty miles or so from the Irish coast, around 700 miles from his goal.