Weather Forecast Barcelona World Race Issued 0300Z 03-JAN-2015 Moderate E’ly winds over the Alboran Sea enter Gibraltar and accelerate out the western approaches and across the Gulf of Cadiz. A zone of accelerated flow downwind of the Strait will carry most of the fleet quickly west, avoiding an area of lighter winds off the Moroccan coast. The transition into developing NE’ly trade winds looks set to occur Monday north of the Canary Islands.
After crossing through the Gibraltar Strait, One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton and We Are Water are transitioning to upwind sailing as a building Eíly is developing across the Strait and Alboran Sea. Fresh E/SE winds are forecast by late today, expect lighter along the immediate Spanish coast in the afternoon when sea breezes are active. Renault Captur had a short period of easting yesterday when the wind shifted N, but the breeze veered NE again and they had to once again tack north. There is another dying cold front moving south which will back the wind left again and should allow for another tack to the east at some point today. Spirit of Hungary is solidly in the trade winds and will be for the next few days as they sail north.
Spirit of Hungary are slow in the Alboran Sea, averaging around 3kts overnight and making just 1kt at dawn. And so the finish time of Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman is still difficult to predict. They have very, very light winds and on the early report were still 437 miles from the finish line, 80 miles or so from Cabo de Gata.
Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman and have had a better night, escaping from the Alboran Sea, finally. Now it will be about knitting together some of thd local, daytime thermal breezes and they should be finishing between Monday evening and Tuesday. After passing Cabo de Gata last night, see the sunset pic of Nandor's taken at the time, the duo have made steady progress and are making 12kts this morning with 278 miles to the finish line.