Passing the ice zone

Sodebo loses ground on IDEC once again as Coville lines up for Cape Horn

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

Image above courtesy of Expedition Navigation Systems and PredictWind.

Date Lat Long Spd Crs Spd Spd Dist DTF v IDEC
      Inst   4hr 24 hours      
04/03/2011 10:25 50°42.22'S 122°16.89'W 18.3 96° 18.3 19.4 466.1 9 040 -1 191.30
04/03/2011 08:00 50°31.37'S 123°25.45'W 13.8 70° 20.3 20 479.1 9 082 -1 188.00
04/03/2011 06:00 50°41.21'S 124°24.49'W 19.7 76° 19.8 20.1 482.5 9 109 -1 173.30
04/03/2011 04:00 50°51.10'S 125°23.68'W 21.8 78° 20.2 20.1 482.5 9 136 -1 155.00
04/03/2011 01:30 51°06.12'S 126°47.20'W 19.9 69° 20.2 20.4 489.4 9 172 -1 138.40
04/03/2011 00:00 51°14.35'S 127°25.17'W 19.3 74° 21.3 20.7 495.7 9 188 -1 124.60
03/03/2011 22:00 51°24.19'S 128°29.20'W 21.3 81° 21.6 20.7 497.9 9 217 -1 117.20
03/03/2011 20:00 51°33.53'S 129°38.65'W 22.3 78° 20.1 20.7 496.4 9 249 -1 115.00
03/03/2011 18:00 51°41.47'S 130°45.10'W 23.1 77° 19.7 20.6 494.4 9 279 -1 106.30
03/03/2011 15:55 51°49.32'S 131°56.48'W 20.8 79° 18.4 20.6 494.6 9 312 -1 093.20
03/03/2011 14:00 51°59.23'S 132°49.07'W 14.5 76° 19.5 20.9 502.3 9 334 -1 076.60
03/03/2011 12:00 52°09.72'S 133°51.00'W 17.6 75° 20.2 20.8 499.7 9 361 -1 066.80
03/03/2011 10:00 52°21.70'S 134°44.73'W 19.7 69° 22 21.2 507.8 9 383 -1 057.10
03/03/2011 08:00 52°36.83'S 135°50.49'W 20.5 63° 22.2 20.9 501.8 9 409 -1 049.50
03/03/2011 06:00 52°57.35'S 136°54.57'W 23.8 66° 22 20.6 495.5 9 433 -1 036.80
03/03/2011 04:15 53°11.00'S 137°55.23'W 23.8 69° 21.8 19.9 477.9 9 457 -1 028.50
03/03/2011 02:00 53°27.89'S 139°15.22'W 22.7 73° 21.3 19.2 459.9 9 491 -1 018.30
03/03/2011 00:00 53°38.92'S 140°24.49'W 20.3 77° 20.7 18.9 454.1 9 522 -1 013.40
02/03/2011 22:00 53°47.10'S 141°35.78'W 21.6 82° 20.9 18.9 453.5 9 555 -1 009.70
02/03/2011 20:00 53°54.29'S 142°46.25'W 19.4 76° 20.8 19.1 457.4 9 588 -1 003.80
02/03/2011 18:00 54°03.51'S 143°51.14'W 19.5 77° 20.5 19.4 464.7 9 617 -991.1
02/03/2011 16:00 54°12.57'S 145°04.75'W 21.4 82° 20.6 19.5 466.9 9 651 -989
02/03/2011 14:00 54°14.66'S 146°16.46'W 20 96° 20.1 19.7 471.6 9 687 -994.6
02/03/2011 12:00 54°13.58'S 147°20.48'W 18.3 87° 20.1 20 480.4 9 720 -994.4
02/03/2011 10:00 54°07.54'S 148°36.10'W 24.1 104° 16.4 20.5 493 9 762 -1 000.00

Back to square one again for Thomas Coville and Sodebo. All the hard work carried out earlier in the week to claw back 200 miles on Francis Joyon and IDEC have been lost over the last 48 hours as Sodebo has been forced to climb north to avoid the giant area of ice in the eastern Pacific section of the Southern Ocean we reported about on Wednesday.

Over the last two days Sodebo has slowly been ascending back up towards 50°S to avoid the ice to her south and only mid-morning today has levelled out her trajectory as the most northerly reach of the icebergs, according to the satellite images, is believed to be at around 120°E. However in taking this course Sodebo is having to sail more miles than IDEC which at this point was some 200 miles to her south. Sodebo's course has also taken her closer to an area of high pressure than her skipper would like. According to Coville conditions at present are shifty, the wind up and down, requiring frequent sail changes while the sea is confused due to the recent passage of a depression to his south. 

Meanwhile Coville has been watching the Barcelona World Race, where the leaders Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron on Virbac Paprec 3 rounded Cape Horn yesterday.

"One cannot compare the two exercises, " Coville commented yesterday. While both are sailing non-stop around the world, he left more than a month after they did. "They are two handed on monohulls and racing, whereas I am alone, in a multihull and in record mode. Doublehanded there is always somebody on deck. The boat is sailing at 100% all the time. You can eat and sleep and the boat continues at pace. Singlehanded in a multi, the stress is permanent. Anything can happen the moment you turn your back. On three hulls, the stress is multiplied by the square of the speed."

Looking ahead at the weather for the 2000 or so miles Coville has left to sail before reaching Cape Horn, while the proximity of ice could allow him to spear off to the south again today, it is unlikely he will do so as tomorrow as depression is set to set up shop to the south of him bringing with it gale force westerlies  - however this could also allow Coville to put the pedal to the metal and once again regain some miles of his virtual opponent. This depression is forecast to propel Sodebo all the way to Cape Horn by around Tuesday next week allowing fast speed, but due the positioning of its centre it appears that Sodebo's route to Cape Horn will have to remain a northerly one.

 

Latest Comments

  • Blackburn 06/03/2011 - 13:23

    Coville has gained about 220 miles v. Joyon during the last 24 hrs. He's deserving of some good conditions the next few days! Has he had contact with any of the nearby BWR teams?

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