Second fleet through the Canaries
The Chilean team of José Muñoz and Felipe Cubillos aboard Desafio Cabo de Hornos chose a more conservative approach opting to to sail between Gran Canaria and Feurteventura. The gap between islands is wider and Fuerteventura is nowhere near as mountainous as the other two islands meaning that the funnel effect will be less dramatic. Same too with the potential pitfall of a wind shadow. Their tactic seems to pay dividends and Cubillos and Muñoz have opened up a nine mile lead on their closest rivals Boris Herrmann and Felix Oehme on Beluga Racer. The leading solo skipper, Michel Kleinjans is following the Chileans while Boris and Felix opted, typically, to take a gamble that lady luck would give them a boost between Gran Canaria and Tenerife. In the end there was no gain nor loss and the tight battle among Desafio Cabo de Hornos, Beluga Racer and Roaring Forty continues.
Further back in fleet there is another close race between Kazimir Partners and Hayai. The South African team on Kazimir Partners are a scant four miles behind the Dutch sailor Nico Budel who is sailing a superb race managing his Open 40 with great skill in perfect trade wind conditions. It would appear that skipper Lenjohn Van Der Wel has
opted to leave the island group to the east and has gybed to position themselves as the westernmost boat in the fleet. Between the two races-within-the-race is Team Mowgli, England's great hope in the Portimão Global Ocean Race, is following in the wake of the Chilean and Belgium teams.
The weather pattern ahead is typical trade wind sailing. Traditionally there is more wind closer to the African coast as the hot sands of the Sahara desert generate their own wind gradient to add to the trades. A quick glace at the weather map shows strong winds directly ahead of Desafio Cabo de Hornos and Roaring Forty and providing they
are not forced into a bad gybe angle to get away from the African coast, they look to make some decent gains over the next 48 to 96 hours.