Fleet Slowdown?

With three boats in the Atlantic and four still in the Pacific it is slightly unusual than no team are flying. At this point the highest speed is Renault Captur, making 15,5kts and the slowest GAES Centros Auditivos. In the Atlantic, in tems of boat speed double figures is an achievement right now and Neutrogena are quickest at 10kts. But Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz have been unlucky to just average 4.1 kts over 24 hours meaning they have had one of their slowest days making just 113 miles.

News MAR 5, 2015 07:32

 
Cheminées Poujoulat are upwind right now making abiout 8.5kts, the breeze should veer to the east and progressively they will break into the trade winds, which do not look vey strong or organised. Their lead is out to 1266 miles. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam are 1500 miles to the Equator and should pass back into their home hemisphere on 10th March.

As Neutrogena have been leading into the light stuff, so GAES Centros Auditivos have compressed into them, the delta now reduced again to 105 miles. The two IMOCA 60s will have light E'lies today and tomorrow the breeze will back into the N and NW.

Approaching Cape Horn the delta between We Are Water and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton is 146 miles. Both have moderate W and NW'ly winds and will see the breezes build today towards 25 to 30kts. The leaders of the Pacific armada have 815 miles to go this morning.

Renault Captur, Jorg Riechers and Seb Audigane, remain the fastest in the fleet at this point, making steady miles towards Cape Horn blessed with the best conditions. They are on port gybe until tonight, sailing NE until the turn. They will have good conditions all the way to Cape Horn, according to today's GRIB files. They should be due Cape Horn on the 10th March.

It is complicated for Spirit of Hungary as they still sit in between three high pressure zones. Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman are sailing SE and making fair speeds but they will have about 48 hours of these changeable winds, from the W, NW and then SW, before they get back into more usual south Pacific conditions.