Groupama 3 v Orange 2
Groupama 3 v Orange 2

Groupama struggling

Franck Cammas and co almost 400 miles behind Orange 2

Wednesday March 10th 2010, Author: James Boyd, Location: France

 Image above courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind

Date/time Lat Long Spd Crs 24 hrs DTF v Orange 2
               
10 Mar 07:00 25°06.24 S 031°34.33 W 14.3 39° 414.7 4 867 -392.2
10 Mar 05:00 25°20.27 S 031°17.89 W 15.6 29° 445.5 4 881 -372.9
10 Mar 03:00 25°54.30 S 031°33.24 W 14 51° 453 4 915 -367.3
10 Mar 01:00 26°29.85 S 031°59.12 W 22.5 28° 453.1 4 951 -363.5
09 Mar 23:00 27°06.80 S 032°20.21 W 20.3 25° 456.6 4 989 -352.4
09 Mar 21:00 27°39.40 S 032°42.98 W 17.8 28° 466.5 5 022 -340.8
09 Mar 19:00 28°15.41 S 032°59.45 W 22 14° 474.4 5 058 -341.6
09 Mar 17:00 28°56.98 S 033°08.17 W 20.6 16° 476.5 5 100 -348.9
09 Mar 15:00 29°23.78 S 033°04.37 W 18 297° 492.9 5 127 -343.2
09 Mar 13:00 29°42.33 S 032°43.79 W 16.7 515.2 5 145 -324.7
09 Mar 11:00 30°16.70 S 032°47.70 W 22.9 14° 510.7 5 179 -325.4
09 Mar 09:00 31°04.85 S 032°55.98 W 24.7 10° 493.8 5 228 -346.4
09 Mar 07:00 31°53.25 S 033°04.72 W 23.5 13° 470.5 5 276 -360
09 Mar 05:00 32°33.45 S 033°16.73 W 20.7 18° 456.4 5 317 -353.3
09 Mar 03:00 33°16.19 S 033°28.18 W 13.5 329° 430.6 5 360 -353.1
09 Mar 01:00 33°55.63 S 033°32.78 W 22.9 416.7 5 400 -341.3
08 Mar 23:00 34°38.43 S 033°38.66 W 21.4 396.4 5 443 -334.7
08 Mar 21:00 35°22.67 S 033°47.25 W 22.5 15° 379.3 5 487 -334.2
08 Mar 19:00 36°07.33 S 033°57.25 W 23.7 11° 362.5 5 532 -333.2
08 Mar 17:00 36°50.84 S 034°07.73 W 22.3 11° 339.1 5 576 -329.8
08 Mar 15:00 37°33.72 S 034°08.67 W 22.4 354° 314.4 5 619 -325.2
08 Mar 13:00 38°13.85 S 033°57.83 W 22 337° 303.4 5 659 -325.5
08 Mar 11:00 38°45.76 S 033°37.19 W 20.1 334° 314.8 5 690 -314
08 Mar 09:00 39°18.56 S 033°05.26 W 21.1 326° 330 5 721 -301.5

As forecast, Groupama 3 has been having a rough time trying to get up to the latitude of Rio de Janeiro. A shallow depression formed to her north forcing her back to the northwest and for more than 24 hours now her speed has been sub-20 knots, and this has seen her loss to Orange 2 increase to approaching 400 miles. And the outlook is not looking that great for although Groupama should be moving into the trades later today, they are lighter than normal and also on the nose.

Having tacked northeast yesterday at 1600, so Groupama 3 has now tacked back to the northwest. It is likely that they will end up on port tack heading northeast tacking back as the wind veers allowing them to be lifted past Recife on starboard.

"The storm squalls are rather scattered around Groupama 3 and are moving across from the NW, becoming less active," reports Meteo France's Sylvian Mondon. "The aim over the next 24 hours is to exploit this new stormy low coming at them from the NW so as to extract themselves from this zone (which stretches as far as 22°S), where the wind is very light once the squalls are some distance away. Vigilance is therefore to remain paramount for some time aboard the giant trimaran if they are to avoid a similar fate to that of Orange 2 during her 38th day at sea."

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