Two storms leaving the tropics are expected to combine into one very intense storm over the next 36 hours. Both Cheminees Poujoulat and Neutrogena are expected to be directly impacted by this system as it crosses their course as it moves south between 95E-100E tomorrow. They are likely to encounter winds up to storm force and swells over 8m from tomorrow through Thursday. GAES Centros Auditivos and Renault Captur remain glued to the edge of the exclusion zone while high pressure keeps winds very light just to the north of their positions. We are Water has successfully navigated through a through southeast of Port Elizabeth. Meanwhile, the remainder of the fleet continues to make progress in a narrow band of favorable winds just north of the Ice Exclusion Zone south of the Cape of Good Hope.
Race leader Cheminees Poujoulat is in a full Southern Ocean gale, while the following three boats are experiencing fresh following winds from the southwest. Renault Captur will gradually fall out of these winds later today. We Are Water is slowed by a high pressure system to its north. Fortunately, fresher breezes are arriving from the west as the high weakens and shifts east.
High pressure southeast of NZ continues to keep a very narrow and tricky lane of passage just north of the Ice Exclusion zone for We Are Water and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton. The rest of the active fleet are in mainly strong, southern Ocean winds and large seas.