Calm before the Storm

The Volvo Ocean 60s are in for a caning

Friday May 3rd 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Positions at 1000GMT
PS  Yacht  Latitude  Longitude  DTF  DTL  SMG  CMG  ETA
1 Illbruck  40 53.76N  044 29.88W 1884 0 12.8 26  09/05/02 22:56
2 Assa Abloy  40 23.56N  044 39.04W 1903 19 11.7 26  10/05/02 00:30
3 Tyco  40 17.60N  044 43.36W 1908 24 11 34  10/05/02 00:58
4 SEB  40 00.12N  044 58.96W 1927 43 5.7 83  10/05/02 02:29
5 News Corp  39 59.64N  045 01.00W 1928 44 6.8 74  10/05/02 02:37
6 Amer One  39 59.08N  045 01.32W 1929 45 8.9 65  10/05/02 02:39
7 djuice  39 53.84N  045 17.28W 1942 58 7.8 74  10/05/02 03:46
8 Amer Too  42 52.96N  061 24.84W 4512 2628 7.4 322 Retired
The front runners in leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race have now passed the eastern waypoint at the south of the 'icebox' and have forged off to the north east to get back to the rhum line to La Rochelle.

Meanwhile the crews are carrying out the Volvo Ocean Race equivalent of battened down their hatches in preparation for an intense depression (981) that is currently forming over Nova Scotia and coming their way (see below). This is forecast to bring with it 40 knot winds and for the crews will be a sharp reminder that the 'big weather' in the Volvo Ocean Race is no solely limited to the Southern Ocean.

At present through the boats are sailing in the light winds associated with the a high presure ridge.

At present Lisa McDonald's team on the dismasted Amer Sports Too are making 7.4 knots towards Halifax under jury rig and this morning had 150 miles to go.
Due to the imminent deterioration in the weather the Joint Rescue Command in Halifax has sent out the vessel Edward Cornwallis to assist Amer Sport Too and may tow her into Halifax. They will rendezvous with the boat at approximately 1100 GMT today.

Forecast wind vector chart for midnight Saturday

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