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Rhythm of the Race
String of slow speeds form some of the boats over 2000 miles back, serving to
lengthen their race.
1. PRB 47 South 57 West
2. Kingfisher 52 South 62 West + 681 miles
3. Active Wear 54 South 64 West +787 miles
Fleet round up section
2 more Open 60's have rounded Cape Horn. Active Wear rounded in 3rd place. For skipper Marc Thiercelin it was his 3rd rounding, and his boats 2nd. In addition to rounding Cape Horn he managed to pick up 60 miles on leader PRB.
Sill also rounded Cape Horn. Roland Jourdain then anchored 5 miles north of Cape Horn to make repairs to his rig. Upon rounding Jourdain was 1 day 16 hours ahead of Augin's winning pace from the previous sailing.
24 hour record holder Dominique Wavre seems to be having a fast finish to the Southern Ocean. He is fastest in the fleet at 14.4 knots.
Michel Desjoyeaux PRB "I got shaked last night with the small low pressure and the short and chopped sea. I have the mainsail on the deck as I have several broken battens... . I said I enjoyed the long surfs more than sailing upwind in the Atlantic and I am confirming it now!....For example if my routing software advises that I head on the direct route, I can say that if this route then prevents me from being able to control Ellen, then I won’t necessarily take that gaining route. I’m not a gambler."
Roland Jourdain Sill "I have to delay my repairs as ithere is too much wind. I arrived yesterday here at this mooring, it was hard to get to the Horn with just 10 knots of wind. Now there is 40 knots of wind. I managed to climb up the mast but my hands were frozen.... It’s good a on aspirit point of view to round this Cape, I will stop wottying about my problems, it’s a bend and the end of a period."
Ellen Macarthur Kingfisher "I’m going to the west of the Falklands. Made my mind up. Found it really difficult to decide... I’d like to do this again in 10 years time, just for the hell of it, not in a race, just set off and do it, no pressure, no communications. I’m enjoying this, its an incredible experience, but I think it would be good to do it in a different way as well."
Marc Thiercelin Active Wear "The weather is
nice. It’s the first time I am rounding the cape in a nice weather. Two times
I have seen it in the fog, even in the evening...It’s a fighting Vendée
Globe. But four years ago we were fighting like kings, I rememeber I never gave
up until I crossed the finish line.”
Dominique Wavre UBP "I just hit 33 knots on a surf! I have a fine sail configuration up, the boat feels well balanced, she’s going like a rocket! I’m cramped up inside, and everytime she reaches the end of a surf, it feels like we’ve fallen into a hole, the noise is deafening."
Current Weather With a spread out fleet boats sail under myriad weather systems. The Atlantic Ocean fleet has winds from the NW. Mike Golding nearly 4000 miles back, has 50 knots of wind also from the NW!
Weather Forecast Reaching winds in the Atlantic, southerly winds in the Pacific.
What does it all mean
Desjoyeaux is committed to keeping at least a lose cover on Macarthur. By going to the west of the Falkland's Macarthur seems to have initiated the tactical game.