The Race - 1330 - 9/2/01

Mark Chisnell reports as Club Med hits the fast forward button

Friday February 9th 2001, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Fleet at 1030, 9/2/01

We can finally report excellent conditions for the second half of the fleet, Cam Lewis and Team Adventure (orange) find themselves jammed into the top of a big low pressure system, and although they are also having to gybe downwind, they are at least moving fast through the water.

And there's plenty more to come, "There are not many birds today. I use the birds as a barometer. When they become scarce, it usually means that the barometer is falling and foul weather ahead. And that's exactly what the weather forecast is reserving for us, a lot of wind for the next two days, 50 or 60 knots of wind which would be better to steer clear of..." were the sentiments on board, and we can see that they have gybed north to avoid the worst of the system to their south.

Weather at 1021, 10/2/01The Polish team aboard Warta Polpharma (yellow) also find themselves hooked into low pressure, now riding the same system that Tony Bullimore and Team Legato (purple) have made their own (above).

Bullimore's team have also beaten their personal record, 508 miles sailed in 24 hours. "We are pleased, we've driven the boat well, which passes much better through the waves since she was stretched, really, we're having a good time on board." Kevin Pahl told Denis Horeau, at the Race Office. I suppose it would be churlish to point out that this is almost 150 miles less than Club Med's record ...

But looking at the forecast for Saturday (above) there's no reason why this half of the fleet shouldn't also continue to enjoy quick runs for the next 24 hours at least.

Standings (at 1100 GMT, 9/2/01)

1 Club Med 7822.3 nm to the finish
2 Innovation Explorer +930.5 nm
3 Team Adventure +5018.4 nm
4 Warta Polpharma +6024.2 nm
5 Team Legato +6830.7 nm

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