Record breaking form
Day 40 - 0800 GMT, 11 April 2002
Orange position: 57deg 30S 97deg 26W
Distance covered in last 24 hours: 565.99nm (25.12knots average)
Compared to Sport Elec record in 1997
Position: 59deg 47S 147deg 36W
Down the track: currently Orange is 1329 nm ahead of the record
At this morning's position update Orange only had 947 miles left to go to reach Cape Horn. Assuming that she continues to make similar progress towards the Horn, this would make her ETA there sometime on Saturday morning.
Orange seems to have done well to negotiate the areas of high pressure which could so easily have dogged her path and the passage towards Cape Horn look to be clear for the next two days.
French forecaster Météo Consult, who are providing weather information to the Orange campaign state in their daily email to the boat the current situation as follows: "The flow is globally from the north force 7 on average. It will progressively shift to the NW as the high collapses. You shouldn't be concerned about the low pressure system and you should have overcast skies at the moment. The swell will not change much, it should be favourable, orienting SW on 13/04 with 2-3 metre crests".
So it looks like Orange will continue to maintain her high daily averages to the Horn. Then she will have to line up to negogiate the St Helena high pressure system which caused them so many headaches on their outward bound passage.
With another impressive daily run today (albeit slower than yesterday) Orange is now 2-3 days ahead of Olivier de Kersauson's Sport Elec record. It is looking most likely that they will break Sport Elec's Ushant-Cape Horn record of 46 days 16 hours and 57 minutes, which would require them to make the rounding at 0033GMT next Thursday.
To read Nick Moloney incredible update today...see page two...