Tangier tipping point
One Planet One Ocean & Pharmaton are in their final approach to the Straits of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean. Tangier, at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar is around 80 miles ahead. We Are Water are around 67 miles behind. Overnight the fourth placed boat averaged just over 9 knots boat speed, while chasing We Are Water sailed at 7.8 knots average, to slip 10 miles astern.
Predictions for the passage of the Straits have been changeable - Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa currently have a 7-9 knot south-westerly behind them giving a downwind approach to the Straits. This morning’s forecast suggests that during One Planet One Ocean’s passage through the Straits winds will see moderate south-south-easterlies, rather than the strong Levante wind predicted yesterday. Their current ETA at Gibraltar is hence slightly later, at around 1730pm (local time).
Renault Captur are still caught by an anticyclone which is bringing light NNE’ly winds, and overnight Jörg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane averaged just 4.4 knots. Meanwhile Spirit of Hungary is sailing in moderate north-easterlies about 650 miles south-west of the Cape Verde islands, with the trade winds expected to build for Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman over the course of the day.