The fog has lifted and the race begins
8. Nov – des Sables d’Olonne, France
Shortly after 2.00 pm, about an hour after the scheduled start, Miranda said her final goodbyes to her trusted teammates and along with 5 other females and 27 male sailors headed into the distance on their independent voyages around the world. Clearly visible now as the fog lifted thanks to light winds out of the South South-East, the impressive vessels speed away from the sun-drenched city behind them. Many of the most technologically advanced ships exposed their foils and took an early lead while Miranda began with a steady pace as she optimistically starred at the horizon ahead. Anticipating the strengthening of the wind with nightfall, she trimmed her mainsail and crossed the first clearance buoy in 31st position.
Meteorological forecasts predicted the winds will take a turn to the North West, and require a crucial series of tacks before Miranda and her competitors strategically head southwards around Cape Finisterre and cross the shipping highway. In these conditions it is important to stay alert to avoid oncoming ships and fishing boats that cast their nets.
To stay on course Miranda will continuously rely upon her DELMA Oceanmaster along with high tech meteoritical and navigation equipment. We will keep you updated as her voyage continues.
Campagne de France image credit: Bertrand Duquenne