Having sailed for 48 days, and more than 23000nm, Thomas is faced with difficult wind conditions on the east coast of Brazil but has found a corridor of breeze. Earlier this week he passed a storm front which was critical for the already damaged boat as well as for the skipper. While he enjoys the navigating and the competitive aspect he admits the challenges the past few days has been tough for his own morale.
The skipper is tired, so is his boat. Today he lowered his main sail and did a preliminary repair using an electrical wire. As he is now more than 300nm behind the record he is pushing hard. “I had just two or three hours sleep. The fatigue is profound. I live day to day with the result and pressure rises” says Thomas on the Satphone to his shore team.
As he predicted last weekend, this is real yo-yo game with the time of Francis Joyon. Thomas was 266 miles ahead of IDEC on Tuesday, he is now 300 behind.