Difficult night

Batten breakage on board Sodebo as she approaches the Doldrums

Friday February 4th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Image above courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind.

Date Lat Long Spd Crs Spd2 Spd3 Dist DTF v IDEC
      Instant   4hrs 24 hours      
04/02/2011 10:00 04°40.72'N 026°57.49'W 16.6 126° 9.2 14.2 341 21 599 -24
04/02/2011 08:15 04°53.53'N 027°19.46'W 12.8 126° 5.8 15.5 372.9 21 611 -12.2
04/02/2011 06:00 05°11.39'N 027°38.94'W 6.5 148° 4.3 17.1 410.6 21 630 1.8
04/02/2011 04:00 05°17.54'N 027°38.83'W 2.5 162° 6.3 18.6 446.7 21 636 22.1
04/02/2011 02:00 05°23.36'N 027°38.58'W 4.4 265° 11.4 20 480.6 21 642 51.6
04/02/2011 00:00 05°34.54'N 027°27.50'W 12.2 217° 16.8 21.1 507.3 21 653 84.8
03/02/2011 22:00 05°44.97'N 027°13.04'W 19.1 186° 20.9 22.8 547.8 21 664 120.1
03/02/2011 20:00 06°27.43'N 027°14.12'W 22.1 183° 21.6 23.2 557.4 21 708 120.2
03/02/2011 18:00 07°13.99'N 027°12.80'W 23.2 195° 22.4 23.2 555.9 21 755 120.6
03/02/2011 16:15 07°45.44'N 027°09.83'W 20.1 176° 25 23.6 566.9 21 786 129.9
03/02/2011 14:00 08°37.31'N 027°12.77'W 25 174° 25.9 23.7 568.9 21 838 131.2
03/02/2011 12:00 09°28.07'N 027°13.96'W 25 185° 25.5 23.1 554.7 21 888 128
03/02/2011 10:00 10°21.53'N 027°09.97'W 26.3 185° 23.6 23.3 559.5 21 942 123.4

Approaching the Doldrums it appears to have been a difficult night for Thomas Coville on board Sodebo. Having been ahead of pacesetter Francis Joyon's IDEC since he set out from Brest last weekend, this morning for the first time, Sodebo has fallen behind. The reason it seems was something of disaster that occurred last night, in shifty winds when in a squall, the maxi-trimaran presumably crash gybed breaking three battens in her mainsail.

Coville managed to replace all three battens by 0500 this morning - one can be imagine the scale of this task singlehanded on a 105ft trimaran - and since then he has retired to his bunk to recover. This may be the reason Sodebo, since around 0600 has been on a rather unusual course of southeast.

At present Sodebo is on the northern edge of the Doldrums proper, which still appear to start at around 4-5°N, so when Coville surfaces he will be in for another difficult and tiring day.

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