Brazil proving awkward
|Date time||Lat||Long||Spd||Crs||24 hrs||DTF||v Orange2|
|12 Mar 06:00||17°16.40 S||030°43.36 W||12.6||342°||255||4 397||-424.5|
|12 Mar 05:00||17°28.44 S||030°38.80 W||13.3||346°||259.5||4 410||-417|
|12 Mar 03:00||17°51.92 S||030°30.52 W||12.5||343°||272.6||4 433||-402.6|
|12 Mar 01:00||18°12.08 S||030°21.68 W||9.1||327°||270.4||4 453||-387.9|
|11 Mar 23:00||18°25.88 S||030°10.88 W||9.9||58°||275.8||4 467||-367.1|
|11 Mar 21:00||18°38.52 S||030°28.16 W||11.8||61°||279.4||4 480||-345.6|
|11 Mar 19:00||18°57.60 S||030°48.52 W||15.6||47°||290.3||4 499||-330|
|11 Mar 15:00||19°43.10 S||031°41.14 W||17.6||46°||256.7||4 544||-309.8|
|11 Mar 13:00||20°08.88 S||032°08.81 W||18.4||50°||256.7||4 571||-308|
|11 Mar 11:00||20°30.71 S||032°29.76 W||12.8||45°||248.3||4 593||-306.9|
|11 Mar 09:00||20°50.61 S||032°38.84 W||16.4||306°||244.3||4 613||-303.7|
|11 Mar 07:00||21°10.15 S||032°19.99 W||17.9||302°||239.8||4 632||-297.3|
|11 Mar 05:00||21°31.83 S||032°14.38 W||17||43°||234.3||4 654||-297.4|
|11 Mar 03:00||21°56.20 S||032°39.31 W||15.6||294°||245.7||4 679||-301|
|11 Mar 01:00||22°15.52 S||032°27.11 W||17.3||49°||255.6||4 698||-305.3|
|10 Mar 23:00||22°26.90 S||032°33.95 W||7.6||17°||280.2||4 709||-307|
|10 Mar 21:00||22°50.06 S||032°38.21 W||16.1||26°||289.4||4 733||-323.1|
|10 Mar 19:00||23°22.81 S||032°55.26 W||19.3||29°||292.6||4 766||-352.1|
|10 Mar 15:00||23°57.88 S||032°15.01 W||16.4||34°||328.9||4 800||-373.6|
|10 Mar 13:00||24°24.17 S||032°38.15 W||11.1||289°||318.2||4 827||-397.3|
|10 Mar 11:00||24°38.95 S||032°26.29 W||17.7||292°||338.3||4 841||-401.5|
|10 Mar 09:00||24°51.59 S||031°55.51 W||19.2||286°||377.1||4 853||-400.2|
Franck Cammas and the crew of Groupama 3 are continuing to struggle with the light winds of the South Atlantic. Since passing the north of the latitude of Rio overnight on Monday, the 105ft green trimaran has been staggering north playing the shifts in the northerly breeze - which are lighter and on the nose (typically they would be more northeasterly here).
As a result, Groupama 3's deficit over her virtual rival Orange 2 has now extended to more than 400 miles.
Looking ahead in 24 hours time the wind should finally have veered into the northeast or east, however the trade will still lack their normal pressure. Nonetheless being off the wind will be something of a novelty for the crew after the last few days.
"We had some difficulties last night and since then we've had to deal with squalls every ten minutes, but we're now beginning to escape this unstable zone!" reported skipper Cammas yesterday. "We're not yet into the tradewinds, but it's reminiscent of such conditions, even though we're not yet reaching great speeds. Everyone is on watch in the rather pleasant conditions in order to build up their strength again. After 39 days at sea, we're no longer having any problems in adapting to the weather conditions, but we have lost some weight and we're longing to eat fresh food!
"In the space of a minute we were able to have a wash in a squall! However, we're trying to avoid being under the influence of a cumulonimbus where there isn't a lot of wind... We can clearly see that the tradewinds aren't far off now. We've pretty much had it with upwind sailing as the time goes slowly in these kinds of conditions. However, we're going to have to be patient for another 36 hours before we find ourselves in a steadier and more favourable system. The passage of the equator is set for Sunday morning and in the meantime we're going to flirt with the light airs. We're going to have to make as rapid headway as we can to hold onto our chances of beating the Jules Verne Trophy record."
Sylvain Mondon from Météo France gave his view on what's to come: "Groupama 3 has been sailing upwind since Cape Horn and they're going to have to wait till Friday night or early on Saturday before they find more favourable winds... As such the next 36 hours will continue to be difficult, as they'll have to cross a ridge of high pressure. After the Doldrums, the northeasterly tradewinds are well established in the North Atlantic and, following on from that, a depression will need to develop in the North American continent in order to propel the giant trimaran towards Ushant at high speed. But there's a strong likelihood of this happening too!"