The Race - 1030 - 15/1/01

Mark Chisnell reports as they go down to five

Monday January 15th 2001, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Weather at 0630, 15/1/01

As we can see from the bigger weather picture, in theory Peyron and his team are further from the centre of the high, and should remain in better breeze. But as Dalton told us what's going on inside that huge Atlantic-wide high pressure zone is highly unpredictable. As many as four separate bubbles of high pressure are forecast overnight to Tuesday, and this battle will be fought on a micro level, with the team that can extract the most speed from every single puff winning. And Club Med's light air speed advantage could be crucial.
Weather at 0630, 17/1/01The goal here is clear, and it isn't shifting much either, as we can see from the forecast for Wednesday morning (right), the first to get to 40S in the next 48 hours wins. They will get their nose into the Southern Ocean westerlies and they will be gone.

But PlayStation's withdrawal has underlined the attrition element in all this, as Dalton said, "If we had
had a Whitbread type stopover in Cape Town we'd probably change a whole load of fittings on board to make them stronger. The crew have done a really good job with spare parts. They haven't brought a lot but they manage to bring something out from down below that will do the job just fine every time we have a breakage. Being at sea makes you resourceful."
Standings (at 0700 GMT, 15/1/01)

1 Club Med
2 Team Adventure +27.3 nm
3 Innovation Explorer +116.1 nm
4 Warta Polpharma +1445.6 nm
5 Team Legato +2112.9 nm

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