Record breaking weekend ahead
|12/02/2011 10:15||40°10.52'S||021°25.45'W||22.3||90°||15.7||16.2||388||18 828||-1 036.30|
|12/02/2011 08:00||40°10.01'S||022°28.43'W||14.7||85°||13.8||16.6||398.1||18 871||-1 024.10|
|12/02/2011 06:00||40°12.61'S||023°01.00'W||13.1||83°||12.4||16.5||396.1||18 892||-996.1|
|12/02/2011 04:00||40°17.48'S||023°33.15'W||18||80°||11.4||17||409||18 912||-966.5|
|12/02/2011 02:00||40°18.10'S||024°16.07'W||9||105°||12.3||17.4||418||18 941||-946.5|
|12/02/2011 00:00||40°14.27'S||024°38.43'W||9.2||187°||15.3||18||430.9||18 958||-915.3|
|11/02/2011 22:00||40°06.34'S||025°01.65'W||25.6||92°||18.6||18.6||446.1||18 978||-886.2|
|11/02/2011 20:00||40°05.53'S||025°50.81'W||16.2||95°||18.9||18.6||445.8||19 011||-872.2|
|11/02/2011 18:00||40°01.00'S||026°37.21'W||20.4||97°||19.6||18.8||450.9||19 045||-859.5|
|11/02/2011 16:00||39°56.24'S||027°26.54'W||20.8||97°||20.9||19.1||459.4||19 081||-847.2|
|11/02/2011 14:00||39°51.30'S||028°17.81'W||20.1||100°||23.1||19.3||463.7||19 118||-837.8|
|11/02/2011 12:00||39°34.33'S||029°06.46'W||22||120°||21.7||19.6||470.2||19 159||-834.4|
|11/02/2011 10:00||39°10.95'S||029°58.63'W||26.4||123°||22||19.2||460.9||19 205||-835.2|
As we feared the advantage of 'virtual IDEC' over Sodebo has now increased to more than 1000 miles. Sodebo reached 40°S at around 1700 yesterday and has since turned her bows due east to maintain a favourable wind direction. Unfortunately this has resulted in him straying into the southern part of the high and over the early hours of this morning Sodebo's speed has dropped and she averaged just 11 knots up to 0500 this morning. Now Sodebo is edging into the winds to the northwest being generated by the secondary depression to her southeast, her speed is picking up.
Over the next 48 hours another intensifying depression is moving east along 55°S and tomorrow afternoon Sodebo will be able to pick up the strong northwesterlies preceeding the front associated with this. These conditions in this stretch of water to the west of South Africa are often record breaking - remember ABN AMRO Two in the Volvo Ocean Race before last or Virbac Paprec 3's 516 mile run here in the Barcelona World Race. So watch those 24 hour run figures over this period (Coville is the current holder of this record - 628.5 miles set on his transatlantic record attempt in 2008). Here, finally, is an opportunity for Coville regain the miles lost in the South Atlantic on IDEC.