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Rhythm of the Race
Fleet has slowed a 2nd boat has rounded Cape Horn.
1. PRB 48 South 53 West
2. Kingfisher 55 South 65 West + 632 miles
3. Active Wear 55 South 70 West +847 miles
Fleet round up section
Ellen Macarthur made her 2nd rounding of Cape Horn in Kingfisher. The first on her delivery sail from New Zealand to England. Despite putting this major landmark on her transom for a 2nd time, Ellen lost another 50 miles.
Ellen rounded Cape Horn 2 days and 46 minutes behind PRB. Still, she has a 2 day advantage on the time of Christophe Augin who won the previous race.
PRB had another solid day, gaining on 2nd and 3rd. Again Michel Desjoyeaux is sailing faster than his closest fellow sailors.
Active Wear will round Cape Horn today. For Marc Thiercelin this will be his 2nd rounding on his present Finot Open 60.
Marc Thiercelin Active Wear "I have had no wind in the last 10 hours, Iím fed up! I still have 57 miles to sail before arriving in Cape Horn."
Yves Parlier Aquitaine Innovations "I started
work at 2am as I want to work on the joins today. I didnít stop for a moment
except for one half hour break. I wanted to join the the middle and top sections
together. I got the heating going inside the mast. I had some difficulty in
fixing the middle section to the top part. After 18 hours I still couldnít
stick them together... Staying on the sea means Iím getting further towards my
goal. Thinking about land just gets me nowhere..., I call the photographer on
the VHF when something interesting is happening on board for him to take
pictures of. I call them when itís necessary. If I donít want to see them I
donít call them. They are really nice but I prefer it like that. It disturbs
my solitude which is part of doing the Vendťe Globe."
Ellen Macarthur Kingfisher "When I passed Cape Horn, I had 30 knots of wind from behind but itís changed a lot since!..."... it was all a bit of a blur as we surfed at 19 knots with the boat of Yvon Fauconnier trying to direct me for TV images - all a bit too hard as we went flying past Cape Horn... This race has been hard, but when I think of those here hundreds of years ago I feel very humble sitting here in my hi-tech Musto wet weather kit. For them, the corner was literally life or death, and my heart goes out to all those who have struggled, survived and died on this piece of water. Those memories shall never be forgotten here..
Ellen Macarthur with Cape Horn behind her
Photo: Kingfisher Challenges
Catherine Chabaud Whirlpool "Iím still progressing in a westerly wind, starboard tack right now but winds are weakening a little (25-30 knts compared to 35-40 to 45 knts yesterday), 2 reefs in main and storm jib flying. Very difficult to get the right sail combination yesterday: not enough up with 3 reefs, too much with 2."
Thomas Coville Sobedo "Good day yesterday: I did a couple of sewing jobs and also repaired the wind vane."
Current Weather With the fleet so spread out numerous weather types experienced. The area around Cape Horn seems pretty moderate compared to its reputation.
Weather Forecast Moderate beam winds for those in the Atlantic, southerly winds in the Pacific.
What does it all mean
On the 64th day a pair have rounded Cape Horn, and another will soon. These three will begin a march to cross the track they laid down at the beginning of their race.