Doldrums halts Neutrogena charge
Neutrogena's speeds have slowed this morning as Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz hit the first of their Doldrums. After reducing their deficit to leaders Cheminées Poujoulat from 1521 miles to 851 miles, the Catalan-Chilean dup have seen their speeds drop to just over eight knots this early Saturday morning. They have also extended their lead over GAES Centros Auditivos to 325 miles and are 135 miles from the Equator.
Leaders Cheminées Poujoulat have sped up slightly, making just over 12kts now as they point almost directly at the Azores. Their NE'ly trades will continue to veer as they get further north.
GAES Centros Auditivos, Anna Corbella and Gérard Marín can now recover some of thos miles lost to Neutrogena as they still hold good ESE'ly trade winds until they too slide into the lighter airs of the Doldrums tomorrow. They are averaging four knots quicker right now so this can be a better day for Corbella and Marín.
The big diversion around the high pressure system is over for the We Are Water and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton pair and they are now able to head more directly up the Atlantic. Remarkably, speeds remain very similar with both flashed at 17.1kts on the 30 mins speed gun this morning, with 62 miles between them.
Renault Captur, Jorg Riechers and Seb Audigane, had a pretty modest day to 0500hrs this morning making just 251 miles, but they are quicker now making 13.2 kts.
And Spirit of Hungary are still in 30-40kts SWly winds just over 500 miles to Cape Horn.