Closer and closer
|1||Assa Abloy||50 58.92N||001 03.72E||637||0||0||58||11|
|2||Tyco||50 59.28N||001 03.00E||637||0||0||57||12|
|3||News Corp||50 58.36N||001 01.64E||639||2||0||57||12|
|4||Amer One||50 58.48N||001 01.32E||639||2||1||57||11|
|5||illbruck||50 56.96N||001 02.36E||639||2||-1||60||12|
|6||SEB||50 55.61N||001 03.11E||640||3||-1||63||12|
|7||djuice||50 48.60N||000 38.96E||656||19||-2||63||12|
|8||Amer Too||50 32.04N||001 01.00W||720||83||11||62||7.5|
The leading yachts are still making steady progress up the Channel, and are currently five miles south of Beachy Head. They have just 50 miles to run to Dover.
The leading boats will have several hours of adverse tide to contend with as they negotiate the Dover Straits, arguably the busiest stretch of water in the world.
The leading six boats seem to be stuck together by glue, with just four miles between the top six. The slender lead changes by the hour, with Assa Abloy currently leading the pack.
Following a long period of rapid progress after rounding Ushant, the fleet has now slowed as the winds drop to a more normal velocity. Though the tide could yet play a big part in this leg, with the fleet so closely bunched no major gains and losses have been experienced so far.
With stronger south westerly winds set to return in the next 24 hours, the fleet is on course for an early arrival in Goteborg, possibly as early as Wednesday night.
Pages two and three... great pictures of the boats rounding Ushant.