Cheminées Poujoulat in the Pacific
Cheminées Poujoulat crossed 146 deg E last night to lead into the Pacific Ocean at 2130hrs UTC but they were not the only boat to be enjoying a key race milestone as GAES Centros Auditivos passed Cape Leeuwin this moning at 0045hrs UTC and Renault Captur should pass Leeuwin this evening,
Speeds have eased slightly at the front of the fleet after Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, set the highest 24hrs run of this edition at 479 miles to 1900hrs UTC last night. The Swiss-French duo are now down to 50 deg 49 m south and were making 14kts in 23kts of wind this morning.
Their lead over Neutrogena has stabilised meantime at 235 miles.
Stamm and Le Cam will be pleased to be into the Pacific, but of greater excitement to them will be the point in 370 miles time when they will pass the theoretical half way point of their race. With the exclusion zone moved slightly south the official course distance is now reckoned to be 23440 miles. That makes 11720 miles the theoretical half way point which the race leader should pass Wedenesday morning.
GAES Centros Auditovos and Renault Captur will get stronger winds south of Cape Leeuwin but meantime have about 30kts from the NW. Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín have extended their lead over Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane to 290 miles again. They are both sailing a relatively straight line course east. GAES Centros Auditovos remain slightly quicker at 16kts compared with Renault Captur's 13kts.
We Are Water gybed at midnight at the exclusion zone and now the Garcia brothers are heading NE making 12.5kts in 16kts of W'ly breeze, expecting more gybes.
At the longitude of the Kerguelen Islands One Planet Ocean Pharmaton are making a steady 16kts of boatspeed in 25kts of NWly wind while Spirit of Hungary are actually slowed again as they run into their main foe, the high pressure system which has been their nemesis for days. Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman are making 11kts in 13kts of breeze.