Miranda rounds Cape Horn!

7e6f3888-daf0-4a5a-bf7c-d662d2dd043c-600x450Relief, 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 rounding of Cape Horn came in 2002 onboard Amer Sports 2, alongside an all-female crew in the Volvo Ocean Race. This time, with only the IMOCA60 Campagne de France for company, she rounded at 10:23 this morning, after just over 69 days of racing!

She remains close to Clément Giraud, and continues to make good progress on the overall course! Yesterday afternoon she beat her daily distance record by covering 381.9 nautical miles at an average speed of 15.9 knots! Cape Leeuwin – Cape Horn was completed in 22 days, 5 hours and 44 minutes, or 6,938 miles at an average of 13 knots. Since leaving the comfort of Les Sables d’Olonne Miranda has covered 19,454 miles at an average speed of 11.6 knots.

A word from Miranda:

« It’s amazing to think that there is a huge continent just there, hidden by clouds. I was en route to a bit of island touring, but as it was dark and there were big gusts, I decided to get out with plenty of margin, especially with the waves side on to the boat with the wind shifting west. You have to earn your Cape Horn – I’m not far, paying my dues with gybes. After that, the route looks suitably complicated. Time to read the tea leaves…
Autopilot 1 has been having an off day and night, and has been writing messages all over the sea, which is tedious, sometimes bordering on dangerous and very slow. For no reason at all, it then behaves quite nicely again for a while. »
Miranda/ Campagne de France

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