FOLLOWING JEROME – Jerome has a big smile on his face because it’s starting to get fast… Jerome’s current record for distance covered in 24 hours stands at 186 miles, and his highest average speed for any 2 hour period (how often the tracker updates) is 12.84 knots!! Here is the latest from Jerome of Open Sailing USA sailing in the 2012 Single-Handed Transpac:
“It’s been a hell of a day today. Last night I had the medium spinnaker up and everything was fine. I woke up in light air so I changed to the big spinnaker. Then I could see something coming from behind me. It got to me before I could take the sail down and I ate sh*t for 20 minutes, it was blowing about 35 knots. It was a pretty bad roundup. Since then I’ve spent the whole day changing sails… I used them all! I was able to download some grib files so I’m able to use Adrena again.
Right now I’, sailing on port but I’m thinking about gybing. The waves are starting to get big but really long wavelength so too big to surf. I catch one once in a while and hit 15 knots of boat speed which is fun. The code 5 is awesome – I’ve been using it in 20+ with a reef in the main and it’s fast and easy to sail. At night I also using the small jib with a reef to stop the spinnaker wrapping around the head stay. Had some squid land on the deck and the boat got covered in ink which took forever to clean up!! I’m tired but the end is in sight! “