The Race - 0930 - 13/2/01
Loick Peyron took his boat round very close to the Cape itself, weaving a tortuous path downwind. Gybing the boat in those conditions of short steep seas and a gale must have been incredibly difficult. But it's another significant test of the seaworthiness of these Gilles Ollier cats that they have passed. Or at least we think they have passed it, there are no reports to the contrary, but Innovation Explorer was down to seven knots this morning.
Club Med (light blue) and Grant Dalton continue their progress north up the Atlantic at pace, and Peyron's struggle to clear Cape Horn has seen the lead stretch to almost a thousand miles this morning.
But trouble lies ahead for Dalton, in the shape of the South Atlantic High. Looking ahead to Wednesday morning's forecast (right), Club Med is spearing towards the centre of the high pressure, which is drifting off the South American coast in front of them.
Last night Dalton spoke of a gate closing in front of them, from this forecast it looks like it might have done so already.
The only decent breeze ahead of them looks to be north or north-easterly and that's right on the nose. But the capacity of these boats to wriggle through gaps where others would be trapped has already got them out of similar situations - so let's wait and see.
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