Today's Sailing News
The Race: Cape Horn
The blue hulled leader Club Med passed Cape Horn over the weekend.
This milestone was achieved @ 0400 Sunday Morning. They led by 870 miles.
Grant Dalton's description of their rounding went as follows: "We went past the rock at about four this morning. It was dark but with the full moon we could just make it out. Because were sailing straight downwind we had to gybe back and forth for a while, but we actually sailed quite close, about 10 miles off. I have seen that rock several times now but it is still an impressive sight."
Total time from Barcelona in the Mediterranean, through the Straits of Gibraltar down the Atlantic turning at the Cape of Good Hope, crossing
the Indian Ocean, sailing the Cook Straits and the Indian Ocean? 41 days 9 hours, or as long as the above sentence! 22 of those days were spent
in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Next around the Horn will be Innovation Explorer. Elena Caputo
reports on their prospects, "Yes, the wind is on the increase and it is already between 25 and 40 knots. Quite a strong blow is forecast but it would appear that the low is going to show up a bit later than planned. So, we should be getting round the Horn with a maximum wind of 40 knots and well before the low."
Those comments are in regards to a large storm system that Innovation Explorer may have to deal with as they near Cape Horn. Winds
of up to 60 knots are expected from this system.
Team Adventure will once again take a break from racing in the
form of a repair stop. According to Cam Lewis: "But strips of the fore beam's outer skin are coming away over a surface area of two metres, an area
which is constantly struck by the waves. So long as the structure is sound,
we don't have any choice but to repair the outer skin. "
This time Team Adventure's stop will be a minimum of 60 hours. Race rules dictate this, with a 48 hour penalty for the 1st stop, and 12
hours more for the 2nd stop.
Team Adventure should arrive in Wellington New Zealand, Tuesday
morning. These repairs will be handled by technicians flying in from the USA.
Adding to this is some slow sailing for the crew. In the last
24 hours they sailed only 123 miles.
Warta Polpharma has finishes with the Indian Ocean. In addition
the Polish crew has once again upped their lead on Team Legato to over 1000 miles.
Club Med seems to be on a roll of all good events. They are
in the lead, have avoided a storm, have sufficient food and are worried about too much fuel!
Sister Ship Team Adventure is not in the same ocean or same level
of success. Ah, the vagaries of pioneering.
Times Clipper Update
Today marks the return of Sailing Daily's Times Clipper Update.
The 8 boat fleet has left Hawaii for to sail west across the Pacific, off one side of the map and to the finish on the maps other side in Yokohama
The leg will see some trade winds sailing to begin with. Then a crossing of the International date line. This will switch the longitude
line on their GPS displays to east.
The distance for this leg is 3750 miles. As a reference point the outright record for this route is held by Steve Fossett sailing a
60 foot trimaran. His time 16 days an average of 11.29 knots. The fleet of Clipper mono hulls is expected to arrive in around 20 days or
Today's Fleet Update:
Leader: Bristol Clipper by 2 miles
Best 24 Hour Run: London Clipper 199 miles
Position: Fleet spread from 17 to 21 degrees north latitude. London at
17° claimed best mileage.
Current Weather: Moderate winds.
Weather Forecast: Now a 2 sided course.
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Today's Sailing News
Cam Gram Quote
Team Adventure skipper Cam Lewis is not just a world class sailor
he's also one of the best sailing writers around. He's writes daily reports/Cam-Grams from his Race Class cat. Here's an excerpt from today's: "My Southern Ocean, particularly southern Indian Ocean experiences have all been on big cats, and I feel at ease on this boat most of the time. Some of the white knuckling happens when driving. Waves breaking above my head 20 feet to windward, bows pointing downhill into a trough that appears to be 100 feet below and 10 boat lengths ahead. Kind of like pushing off the top of an Olympic ski jump. You have to commit to it and hope for the best."
Vendee Globe: Thoughts on Finishing
Michel Desjoyeayx PRB: "We knew we could do this in less than 100
days with these boats. Christophe Auguin, four years ago, was sufficiently ahead at Cape Horn to slow the pace a bit. For us, the race in the Atlantic was wild the whole time."
Ellen Macarthur Kingfisher "Without my boat I am nothing. Iım merely
the helmsman...If the race was going to start tomorrow you can bet your bottom dollar that Iıd be on that start line again! It was the hardest race ever but itıs very difficult to get off the boat."
For reports on their finishes see http://www.torresen.com/vg