FAQ's (frequently asked questions)
How long will you be gone?
We will be gone for almost two years. We are leaving the United States on May 26th, 1998 and will be returning about the first week in May, 2000.
How many miles will you sail?
By the time we're finished, we will have sailed in excess of 28,500 miles!
Where and when does the race start?
The Millennium Odyssey starts in Wilhelmshaven, Germany on September 5th, 1998.
What kind of race is it?
The Millennium Odyssey is a rally race from port to port. Each sailboat has a rating factor assigned to it. The elapsed time from port to port is multiplied by the rating factor to get your corrected time. The boat with the lowest corrected time is the winner of that leg! There are 39 legs in the race.
Do you sail at night?
Yes, we sail all night. Your eyes adjust to the darkness giving you a limited amount of night vision. We also have radar on board which warns us of any unseen objects.
How fast does the boat go?
The boat will do an average of 8 to 10 knots per hour. One knot (kn.) or nautical mile (NM) per hour is equal to 1.18 miles per hour (mph). This equates to approximately 192 to 240 NM per day.
What about storms?
Storms are bad! Our boat is equipped with some of the most sophisticated weather technology available today. It is he same equipment that is found on most of the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers. We receive weather images via satellite that can be assembled with our on board computers into 3D rotational weather maps! If we can see a storm approaching, we'll try and sail out of the way. If we can't out sail the storm, we have equipment and emergency procedures to ride out the worst storms. Hopefully we won't have to use them.
How do you update the website?
We update the website each time we get to a new port. LJ uses a global roaming account with iPass and interaccess.com. We can also send and receive email via our Inmarsat Mini-M and Inmarsat C satellite phones.
What if you run out of water and fuel?
Risqué is equipped with a water maker that makes 15 gallons of fresh water per hour. The water maker is a neat little pump that separates the salt from the water. For you techies, it's a little RO machine, just like you'd find at a water treatment plant.