High pressure system dogs fleet

Progress slows in SAP Cape-Rio race

Monday January 13th 2003, Author: Ronelda Visser, Location: Transoceanic
Most of the fleet that left Cape Town on Saturday reported good progress, but the huge South Atlantic high-pressure system is set to cause significantly lighter wind conditions. This has already influenced the speed of the fast trimaran Nicator, which covered 281 miles averaging 11,73 knots during the past 24 hours.

According to Nicator navigator Magnus Woxen, they were reaching lighter wind conditions. “We are now heading straight for Isla de Trinidade. There is a huge high-pressure system right in front of us and we’re just having to sail into it, which will be very tiring. To try and sail around it would just be too big a diversion and will waste a lot of time,” said Woxen. “We’re still doing about 13,5 knots in light southerly winds of approximately ten knots, but I am expecting that it will drop further down.”

The Australian entry Helsal II continues to lead the fleet on handicap covering 238.1 miles since the last report. The Norwegians on board Barracuda are hanging onto second place with Derek Shuttleworth on inspia!2041 moving into third place after a good coverage of 187.8 miles.

Nandi Scorer, one of the Coca-Cola inspianeers on board the yacht, reported a magnificent evening out at sea with a pod of dolphins surfing next to the yacht. The inspia!2041 yacht is traveling to Rio with a crew of loveLife groundBREAKERS and representatives from Coca-Cola to raise environmental and HIV/Aids awareness. “Although some of the crew are getting slightly seasick, we’re having loads of fun. We had a bit of excitement when the spinnaker cleat broke off and the sail was snapping around, but we could retrieve it without further damage.”

Singlehanded round the world veteran John Martin on board the yacht MTU Fascination of Power is in a strong fourth position. The German maxi Morning Glory has moved up into seventh position on handicap and managed to cover 257.2 miles. She has gone a more southerly route than Nicator and seems to be able to find the winds.

Oldest competitor Gawie Fagan on board the tiny Suidoos 2 is still astounding the experts and continues to average almost six knots. Konica/Mallinicks Indaba, skippered by John Levin, had a slower day and has slipped down to 14th position on the handicap rankings.

Female skipper Marion Cole on board the loveLife yacht has finally managed to find some wind. Cole and her crew had an extremely frustrating start when it took them over two hours to round the second mark after the start. After the frontrunners had already disappeared from the horizon, the huge boat could still be seen just off Robben Island.

Radio DJ Mark Gillman of 5fm radio made broadcast history when he became the first South African presenter to broadcast live from an official ocean race. Gillman and his technical engineer Tony Whitton are on board the official communication vessel Dalys Insurance and are broadcasting his daily breakfast show.

Positions on handicap, yacht, class,latitude, longitude, total distance, daily distance, knots

HELSAL II,Bill Rawson,IRC,29deg53.0S,11deg17.0E,436,238.1,9.92
BARRACUDA,Nicola Amundsen,IRC,31deg18.0S,13deg1.0E,315,164.2,6.84
INSPIA,Derek Shuttleworth,IRC,30deg58.0S,12deg17.0E,357,187.8,7.83
FASCINATION OF POWER,John Martin,IRC,31deg10.0S,12deg21.0E,348,178.0,7.42
VCR 90.6 FM,G Boshoff/H Karolus,IRC,31deg22.0S,13deg2.0E,312,162.6,6.78
DIEL,Bernhard Diebold,IRC,31deg22.0S,12deg9.0E,351,200.6,8.36
MORNING GLORY,Hasso Plattner,IRC,30deg20.0S,9deg58.0E,480,257.2,10.72
SCORPIO,H Oliphant/J Dickson,IRC,31deg21.0S,12deg52.0E,320,154.0,6.42
SUIDOOS 2,Gawie Fagan,IRC,23deg17.0S,4deg22.0W,1355,139.7,5.82
MADAME PAZZAZZ,M Skeen / G Hewitt,IRC,30deg58.0S,13deg31.0E,304,207.8,8.66
INVESTEC,J McGraw/S Cumming,IRC,29deg35.0S,13deg19.0E,367,184.0,7.67
MADIBA RACING TEAM,IRC,30deg16.0S,13deg5.0E,348,180.0,7.50
BALEKA,Alex Schon,IRC,30deg5.0S,13deg25.0E,342,179.1,7.46
KONICA/MALLINICKS,INDABA,John Levin,IRC,24deg1.0S,2deg39.0W,1252,98.9,4.12
MAIDEN,Terry Nielsen,IRC,31deg20.0S,12deg55.0E,318,318.0,13.25
AUTO ATLANTIC T/Child,R & G Goldswain,IRC,29deg31.0S,12deg49.0E,388,205.4,8.56
DALYS INSURANCE,Mike Daly,IRC,29deg12.0S,12deg59.0E,396,214.6,8.94
JULIE III,Robin Green,IRC,24deg37.0S,3.0degW,1113,106.8,4.45
LOVE LIFE,Marion Cole,IRC,32deg12.0S,13deg42.0E,259,174.2,7.26
BIG REEF,Brian Sutherland,IRC,31deg5.0S,14deg20.0E,267,165.7,6.90
SAFARI - CTW,David Tideswell,IRC,28deg41.0S,1deg1.0E,944,40.4,1.68
FTI FLYER,Keith Mattison,IRC,28deg6.0S,2deg2.0E,911,82.5,3.44
34 SOUTH @ KNYSNA,Theo Beens,IRC,32deg48.0S,16deg9.0E,132.

NICATOR,Klas Nylof,CRRS,26deg49.0S,8deg41.0E,659,281.6,11.73
ADRENALINA PURA,G Ehrensperger,CRRS,30deg59.0S,13deg43.0E,296.

NAUTY 40S,Falk Graser,CRRS,26deg41.0S,15.0E,1034,94.4,3.93
CUMIN THRU,Alexander Smith,CRRS,27deg10.0S,3deg10.0E,885,157.9,6.58
INYONI,HI Ferreira,CRRS,26deg40.0S,2deg34.0E,928.
AQUILA,Jon Thurlow,CRRS,25deg32.0S,1deg37.0E,1007.
ALBACORE,Grant Saunders,CRRS,29deg4.0S,3deg32.0E,814
ACALANTIS,M Tattavitto,CRRS,29deg14.0S,5deg11.0 E,732.

FORSDICKS BMW,M Avelino/H Dopke,CRRS,31deg42.0S,13deg18.0E,290,153.5,6.40

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