Doldrums day

Banque Populaire V on course for new record to the Equator

Thursday January 27th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Image above courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind.

Date Lat Long Spd Cap Spd Dist DTF v G3
      Instant   24 hours      
27/01/2011 10:00:00 UTC 03°57.36'N 030°03.77'W 12 207° 26 625.1 21 560 173.8
27/01/2011 07:45:00 UTC 04°30.38'N 029°57.71'W 18.4 164° 26.6 637.6 21 592 203.8
27/01/2011 06:00:00 UTC 05°11.45'N 029°55.31'W 26.1 168° 26.4 632.4 21 633 211.9
27/01/2011 04:00:00 UTC 06°02.18'N 030°04.59'W 24.5 174° 26.1 627.4 21 684 217.7
27/01/2011 02:00:00 UTC 06°58.85'N 030°04.97'W 30.6 184° 25.9 621 21 741 217.7
27/01/2011 00:00:00 UTC 07°59.27'N 029°59.03'W 31 175° 24.9 598.6 21 801 215.7
26/01/2011 22:00:00 UTC 08°59.62'N 029°54.76'W 32 184° 23.9 574.5 21 861 209.8
26/01/2011 20:00:00 UTC 10°01.35'N 029°47.38'W 27.5 191° 22.9 549.1 21 922 207.2
26/01/2011 18:00:00 UTC 11°00.70'N 029°34.76'W 30.7 189° 21.2 509.7 21 981 204.6
26/01/2011 16:00:00 UTC 11°59.71'N 029°27.85'W 29.7 185° 20 479.7 22 040 197.9
26/01/2011 14:00:00 UTC 12°57.34'N 029°23.39'W 27.8 188° 18.3 439.7 22 097 190.9
26/01/2011 12:00:00 UTC 13°47.36'N 029°17.27'W 20.5 193° 17.5 419.6 22 147 198.8

Banque Populaire V has enjoyed a fast night soaring south through the Trades, her speed hovering at around 30 knots throughout the small hours, although as she approaches the Doldrums this is petering out, her speed average over the last four hours has dropped to 18.6 knots, her advantage over 'virtual Groupama 3' now back down to 173 miles.

The short term goal remains crossing the Equator, which at the 1000 sched was still 237 miles away. Breaking Groupama 3's record of five days 15 hours and 23 minutes to the Equator still looks achievable but this morning the 40m trimaran is in the thick of the Doldrums belt that at present is located around 2°N.

Yesterday skipper Pascal Bidégorry reported: "Last night was very pleasant because there was more wind. On average with the warming temperature, the trade winds tend to drop a little after midday and as night falls, but after that it is refreshed a little, and reactivates. But generally it is more pleasant; we are going more quickly. Moments ago when in 15 knots of wind, we were making 30 knots. We knew we wouldn't make up any time today - we knew before leaving that the trade winds would become very weak."

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