Groupama 3 v Orange 2
Groupama 3 v Orange 2

Second fastest to the Equator

Groupama 3 surges into the southern hemisphere

Saturday February 6th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Groupama 3 crossed the Equator this morning at 09:02:40' GMT - the second fastest time in the history of the Jules Verne Trophy... Their time from the start of 5 days 19 hours and 7 minutes was 1 day 7 hours 49 minutes better than Orange 2's reference time, but outside of their own record set last year of 5 days 15 hours and 23 minutes.

Overnight Groupama 3 encountered the Doldrums at around 4 degN. They then got into the southeasterly trades before they found themselves having to contend with another mass of storm clouds at around 2°N. This is why Groupama 3's pace dropped in the early hours of this morning.

At present the 105ft trimaran is on the wind sailing in 20 knots southeasterlies. Compared to what the forecast was indicating yesterday, Groupama 3 isn't headed as much as she might have been.

The forecast is still looking pretty volatile in the South Atlantic, but the southeasterlies should generally hold in until Monday when a relatively small area of high pressure forms about 700 miles ESE of Rio and Groupama 3 will have to skirt to the west of this in light winds. From here it looks like Cammas and his boys will be in good shape timing-wise to hook into a depression that will enable them to hang a left and head for the South Ocean at a high rate of knots.

 

Time/date Lat Long Spd Crs 24 hrs DTF v Orange 2
               
06/02/2010 11:00 00°38.26 S 030°02.83 W 24.5 200° 501.3 21 256 631.7
06/02/2010 10:00 00°18.73 S 029°54.20 W 22.4 203° 507.9 21 274 634.8
06/02/2010 09:00 00°00.84 N 029°45.75 W 21.3 203° 517.2 21 291 636.8
06/02/2010 08:00 00°20.20 N 029°38.14 W 16.3 197° 525.9 21 309 639.9
06/02/2010 07:00 00°36.82 N 029°35.39 W 16.2 187° 537.6 21 325 643
06/02/2010 06:00 00°53.33 N 029°33.64 W 16 188° 550 21 341 644.3
06/02/2010 05:00 01°07.61 N 029°32.54 W 12 171° 565 21 355 647.9
06/02/2010 04:00 01°18.36 N 029°34.15 W 12.1 160° 583.1 21 366 654.5
06/02/2010 03:00 01°30.44 N 029°38.65 W 15.6 148° 600.3 21 379 660.6
06/02/2010 02:00 01°41.93 N 029°33.82 W 14 150° 616.1 21 390 667.2
06/02/2010 01:00 01°54.94 N 029°34.24 W 20.2 198° 630.6 21 402 669
06/02/2010 00:00 02°17.58 N 029°28.03 W 24.8 198° 631.4 21 424 661
05/02/2010 23:00 02°40.28 N 029°20.78 W 25.9 197° 644 21 445 651.5
05/02/2010 22:00 03°01.29 N 029°15.12 W 24.6 197° 651.9 21 466 642.8
05/02/2010 21:00 03°21.41 N 029°09.05 W 18.2 197° 660.7 21 485 633.8
05/02/2010 20:00 03°41.87 N 029°04.07 W 24.2 186° 666.7 21 504 626.8
05/02/2010 19:00 03°55.66 N 029°03.13 W 23.9 166° 680.2 21 518 626.5
05/02/2010 18:00 04°22.25 N 029°06.22 W 27.1 174° 677.8 21 545 615.3
05/02/2010 17:00 04°49.13 N 029°08.70 W 26.9 176° 678.9 21 572 604.4
05/02/2010 16:00 05°16.03 N 029°10.87 W 30.1 163° 681.4 21 599 592.4
05/02/2010 15:00 05°46.52 N 029°16.93 W 31.2 171° 683.2 21 630 575
05/02/2010 14:00 06°16.04 N 029°22.37 W 30.3 174° 685.8 21 660 562.3
05/02/2010 13:00 06°45.65 N 029°23.35 W 29.4 184° 682.9 21 689 550.5
05/02/2010 12:00 07°13.79 N 029°23.42 W 25.4 175° 681.7 21 717 538.4
05/02/2010 11:00 07°41.57 N 029°23.85 W 29.9 184° 681.4 21 745 522.1

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Time/date Lat Long Spd Crs 24 hrs DTF v Orange 2
               
06/02/2010 11:00 00°38.26 S 030°02.83 W 24.5 200° 501.3 21 256 631.7
06/02/2010 10:00 00°18.73 S 029°54.20 W 22.4 203° 507.9 21 274 634.8
06/02/2010 09:00 00°00.84 N 029°45.75 W 21.3 203° 517.2 21 291 636.8
06/02/2010 08:00 00°20.20 N 029°38.14 W 16.3 197° 525.9 21 309 639.9
06/02/2010 07:00 00°36.82 N 029°35.39 W 16.2 187° 537.6 21 325 643
06/02/2010 06:00 00°53.33 N 029°33.64 W 16 188° 550 21 341 644.3
06/02/2010 05:00 01°07.61 N 029°32.54 W 12 171° 565 21 355 647.9
06/02/2010 04:00 01°18.36 N 029°34.15 W 12.1 160° 583.1 21 366 654.5
06/02/2010 03:00 01°30.44 N 029°38.65 W 15.6 148° 600.3 21 379 660.6
06/02/2010 02:00 01°41.93 N 029°33.82 W 14 150° 616.1 21 390 667.2
06/02/2010 01:00 01°54.94 N 029°34.24 W 20.2 198° 630.6 21 402 669
06/02/2010 00:00 02°17.58 N 029°28.03 W 24.8 198° 631.4 21 424 661
05/02/2010 23:00 02°40.28 N 029°20.78 W 25.9 197° 644 21 445 651.5
05/02/2010 22:00 03°01.29 N 029°15.12 W 24.6 197° 651.9 21 466 642.8
05/02/2010 21:00 03°21.41 N 029°09.05 W 18.2 197° 660.7 21 485 633.8
05/02/2010 20:00 03°41.87 N 029°04.07 W 24.2 186° 666.7 21 504 626.8
05/02/2010 19:00 03°55.66 N 029°03.13 W 23.9 166° 680.2 21 518 626.5
05/02/2010 18:00 04°22.25 N 029°06.22 W 27.1 174° 677.8 21 545 615.3
05/02/2010 17:00 04°49.13 N 029°08.70 W 26.9 176° 678.9 21 572 604.4
05/02/2010 16:00 05°16.03 N 029°10.87 W 30.1 163° 681.4 21 599 592.4
05/02/2010 15:00 05°46.52 N 029°16.93 W 31.2 171° 683.2 21 630 575
05/02/2010 14:00 06°16.04 N 029°22.37 W 30.3 174° 685.8 21 660 562.3
05/02/2010 13:00 06°45.65 N 029°23.35 W 29.4 184° 682.9 21 689 550.5
05/02/2010 12:00 07°13.79 N 029°23.42 W 25.4 175° 681.7 21 717 538.4
05/02/2010 11:00 07°41.57 N 029°23.85 W 29.9 184° 681.4 21 745 522.1
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