The Race - 0930 - 5/2/01

Mark Chisnell reports as the race to the Horn begins

Monday February 5th 2001, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Fleet at 0700, 5/2/01

Back in the Indian Ocean, Cam Lewis and Team Adventure (orange) have had a storming weekend, fully attached to the north-west corner of that little low pressure, blast reaching in southerly winds they have been eating up the miles and are now almost under Western Australia.

As Cam memorably put it in last night's email, "Roaring, raging, romping, stomping, deep south express. Live from the bottom of the earth or close to it. The boat speed is 28 knots. We are heading east. The wind is south, seas rough and tough, wake smoking, bow waves exploding, boat covered in sea-smoke as we cruise east with some pace."

The view from Team Adventure's shorebased routing team, Commanders' Weather, they should be able to hang onto this ride for a while yet, even as far as Tasmania. But even at these phenomenal speeds, it's been a long way from Cape Town to Cape Leeuwin, "I never thought the Indian Ocean would be this big," wrote Larry Rosenfeld from the boat yesterday, "I traced it a hundred times on the globe at home, but to really understand
it, that's another matter entirely.

"We've been going for more than a week at this wild pace and we're still only half way across ... There are still 3,600 miles to go to New Zealand's Cook Strait. That's further away than the width of the Atlantic Ocean. This pace is unbelievable - 500-550 miles a day, as fast as any boat in the history of sail or power. One nautical mile every 144 seconds or approximately 72 waves, which ever comes first."

Weather at 1540, 6/2/01Behind Team Adventure, the Poles in Warta Polpharma (yellow) have continued to have a tough time of it as we expected on Friday. But they've finally managed to straighten their tortuous trail, and could find good conditions as they roll around the bottom of the high pressure in their path.

Still bringing up the rear is Tony Bullimore and Team Legato (purple), hanging onto that monster low pressure and still in classic Southern Ocean weather. But not making much of an impact on any of the fleet for all that.

Standings (at 0700 GMT, 5/2/01)

1 Club Med 0
2 Innovation Explorer +680.2 nm
3 Warta Polpharma +4345.4 nm
4 Team Adventure +5137.4 nm
5 Team Legato +6331.6 nm

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