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A whole new world

21 janvier 2021 Posted by miranda_2019a







imageMiranda is taking full advantage of a particularly calm start to the South Atlantic, which allows for efficient progress to be made on the road North. Few manoeuvres have been made aboard the good ship ‘Campagne de France’ since having passed the Falkland Islands.

Miranda has been playing with the easterly movement of a centre of high pressure, still on port tack and in near perfect gliding conditions. The evacuation to the North East of this anticyclone which has blocked Manu Cousin (Groupe Settin) in the last 48 hours, will require Campagne de France to sail as close as possible to the North Westerly wind. The IMOCA60, branded in the colours of the Maitres Laitiers brand should thus gain steadily and surely throughout the weekend towards tropical latitudes, without major weather difficulties. This efficient navigation brought Miranda, as well as her fellow traveller Clément Giraud (La Compagnie du Lit-Jilti), within 200 miles of Manuel Cousin, who remains entangled in the high pressure. The difficulties of the South Atlantic are innumerable and continue to considerably hamper the 9 sailing ships still in the southern hemisphere and which precede Miranda. The laziness of the high pressure could favour at the start of the weekend, a regrouping of three boats off the coast of Uruguay. A nice story awaits…!

A word from onboard:
I’m getting used to my new Atlantic surroundings, close to the centre of this high, and so totally different from the world south. Clean hair, clean me, clean clothes. One layer less of thermal underwear. It’s warm during the day.  However, my « holiday » won’t last long as the wind is building, and there is spray starting to fly over the deck.There are one albatross and numerous small birds following the boat. Better than TV!
Miranda/ Campagne de France


It no longer feels like just survival

20 janvier 2021 Posted by miranda_2019a

Since her return to the Atlantic, Miranda Merron and her IMOCA60 Campagne de France have come back to life as they make good progress north, with the comfort of Les Sables d'Olonne and home moving ever closer. Miranda has rediscovered the skies, sunl...

Time for a quick one?

19 janvier 2021 Posted by miranda_2019a

Miranda is now passing the Falkland Islands, a group of islands found at the end of the world flying the British flag. The thought of stopping and enjoying a real English pub is tempting but unfortunately the need to move east to avoid the vast h...

« One very lucky girl! »

18 janvier 2021 Posted by miranda_2019a

Having now rounded Cape Horn Miranda has pointed her bows North and slowly begins her assent of the Atlantic. This morning just over 6,800 miles of ocean separates the IMOCA 60 Campagne de France and the comforts of Les Sables d’Olonne. Thus far Mi...

Miranda rounds Cape Horn!

17 janvier 2021 Posted by miranda_2019a

Relief, accomplishment and a huge amount of pride…. This morning feelings are jostling in Miranda's head as she crosses, for the second time in her long career, the legendary Cape Horn, the rock found at the end of the world. Miranda’s first r...