Groupama 3
Groupama 3

Cruisin'

Groupama 3 now 500 miles in advance of Orange 2's pace

Friday February 5th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Groupama 3 is now fully into the Trades and cruising south at full warp speed her latest 24 hour run having increased to 681 miles (or 28.4 knots average speed for a day...). As a result her advantage over Orange 2's pace is now up to 511 miles. Her present position at 8degN has her encounting the Doldrums this afternoon and she should be through it by tomorrow morning.

In November last year, on her second attempt at this record, Groupama 3 demolished the record from Ushant to the Equator, setting a new time of 5 days 15 hours and 23 minutes, significantly faster than the 6 days 6 hours 24 minutes she managed on her first attempt in 2008. At 10:00 this morning she was 4 days 21 hours into her record attempt and according to navigator Stan Honey (see the video here), despite the irregular weather they have had since leaving, they could be looking at the second fastest passage from the start to the Equator.

At present Groupama 3 is on pretty much a due south heading, indicating that they have 'chosen their longitude' where they plan to cross the Doldrums (29deg22W) and the wind satellite radar (thank you Mark Morris) indicates that there is minimal Doldrums activity at present and that they should start to encounter the southwesterlies, marking the arrival into the southern hemisphere trades, at 2-3degN.

 

Date/time Lat Long Spd Crs 24 hrs DTF v Orange2
               
05/02/2010 10:00 08°08.16 N 029°22.57 W 28.1 176° 681.1 21 771 511.9
05/02/2010 09:00 08°37.45 N 029°21.66 W 28.6 175° 676.3 21 800 498.5
05/02/2010 08:00 09°05.88 N 029°22.63 W 31.3 185° 670.8 21 828 487.3
05/02/2010 07:00 09°34.27 N 029°22.84 W 29.6 185° 670 21 857 476
05/02/2010 06:00 10°03.14 N 029°21.28 W 30.3 187° 671.1 21 885 465.2
05/02/2010 05:00 10°32.42 N 029°19.10 W 23.8 208° 669.7 21 914 451.4
05/02/2010 04:00 11°01.06 N 029°12.29 W 30.8 188° 668.1 21 942 438.7
05/02/2010 03:00 11°29.95 N 029°08.06 W 29.1 198° 667.5 21 970 426.8
05/02/2010 02:00 11°57.02 N 028°58.79 W 27.5 195° 663.2 21 996 420.3
05/02/2010 01:00 12°24.11 N 028°52.14 W 29.6 193° 657.6 22 022 411.1
04/02/2010 23:00 13°22.88 N 028°38.50 W 30.5 194° 642.9 22 080 372.8
04/02/2010 22:00 13°51.59 N 028°29.33 W 30.7 202° 629.5 22 108 359
04/02/2010 21:00 14°20.06 N 028°16.75 W 29.6 203° 616.8 22 135 343.2
04/02/2010 20:00 14°45.92 N 028°03.53 W 28.7 207° 601.7 22 160 326.4
04/02/2010 19:00 15°12.02 N 027°50.44 W 29.1 198° 583 22 185 303.2
04/02/2010 18:00 15°35.42 N 027°46.03 W 27.4 192° 570 22 208 285.3
04/02/2010 17:00 16°01.85 N 027°35.78 W 30.7 205° 555 22 234 274.1
04/02/2010 16:00 16°28.91 N 027°21.21 W 31.4 205° 536.5 22 260 267.1
04/02/2010 15:00 16°57.77 N 027°06.75 W 32.7 203° 515.4 22 288 260.7
04/02/2010 14:00 17°26.70 N 026°55.51 W 26.9 210° 497.7 22 317 244.9
04/02/2010 13:00 17°50.33 N 026°42.73 W 24.5 203° 485.2 22 340 230.1
04/02/2010 12:00 18°14.36 N 026°30.41 W 26.7 197° 471.5 22 363 216.4
04/02/2010 11:00 18°39.14 N 026°20.31 W 25.9 214° 460.1 22 388 203.6

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