Ocean Drag Race
|1||Illbruck||11 22.24N||053 21.68W||1775||0||0||14.2||310|
|2||Assa Abloy||11 17.52N||053 09.76W||1787||12||1||14||313|
|3||Tyco||11 07.68N||053 12.44W||1791||16||2||13.9||305|
|4||SEB||10 08.28N||051 49.40W||1892||117||3||13.7||311|
|5||Amer One||09 51.36N||051 14.12W||1930||155||3||13.8||305|
|6||News Corp||09 32.68N||050 52.04W||1959||184||3||13.8||305|
|7||Amer Too||09 22.80N||050 51.56W||1965||190||5||13.3||313|
|8||djuice||08 37.44N||050 24.24W||2015||240||5||13.6||306|
Forecast for 22 March
The drag race up to Barbuda on the corner of the Caribbean chain continues. Crossing the Doldrums there was a 200 mile split between News Corp to the north east and SEB to the south west, but now the boats are out of the Doldrums the fleet have gone back more or less into a single lane as they file north west at speed.
All the teams are now out of the Doldrums and powering along in the stable Trade Winds which are blowing at around 20 knots from the east to north east. As a result all are power reaching - regularly clocking up 14-15 knot average speeds, their boats fully cranked up under genniker, full main and will full water ballast pumped up to weather. Anything that is not nailed down - but mainly sails, spares and crew - is stacked up on the starboard side of their boats to order to get the maximum stability and therefore speed out of their craft.
Compared to the Doldrums or the Southern Ocean this stage of the race is relatively relaxing for the crews. Aside from the occasional sail change to respond to changing wind strengths, there are few manoeuvres to be done and few tactical options in these conditions - it all quite simply about sailing as fast as possible.
Yesterday Amer Sports Too lost a place to News Corp which they will be keen to regain. On board their watermaker has packed up and they are having to operate the hand pump, which tends to lose the pumper more in sweat than it gains in water.
One for the girls...'gorgeous' Gordon Macguire at the helm of News Corp