Brazil in the way

Costly day ahead for Thomas Coville

Wednesday March 16th 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      
16/03/2011 07:45 15°58.40'S 032°46.79'W 19.3 321° 16.3 11.6 278.1 4 295 149.6
16/03/2011 06:00 16°21.86'S 032°26.64'W 16.7 315° 11.5 12.5 300.3 4 317 155.4
16/03/2011 03:45 16°46.59'S 031°58.37'W 16.3 301° 8.4 14.2 341.8 4 341 164.5
16/03/2011 01:45 17°06.31'S 031°33.25'W 15.6 313° 13.8 15.8 379.5 4 359 173
16/03/2011 00:00 17°18.85'S 031°46.24'W 17.2 61° 16.4 16.2 389.9 4 372 181.9
15/03/2011 22:00 17°32.02'S 032°13.37'W 15.9 62° 17.1 16.3 391.2 4 387 188.3
15/03/2011 20:00 17°47.06'S 032°47.18'W 8.9 113° 17.1 16.1 385.3 4 404 195.2
15/03/2011 18:00 18°01.62'S 033°19.10'W 19.4 63° 17.3 15.9 381.1 4 420 203
15/03/2011 16:00 18°16.92'S 033°50.23'W 18.3 64° 17.4 15.6 374.5 4 438 209.7
15/03/2011 14:00 18°32.31'S 034°24.07'W 16.9 64° 17.2 14.2 339.6 4 456 220.5
15/03/2011 12:00 18°48.29'S 034°57.21'W 16.2 62° 16.2 13.1 315.5 4 476 224.2
15/03/2011 10:00 19°04.90'S 035°28.13'W 16.4 57° 15.8 12.5 300.1 4 496 226.3
15/03/2011 08:00 19°23.05'S 035°58.92'W 14.5 56° 14.9 12.3 295.7 4 517 226.6
15/03/2011 06:00 19°39.68'S 036°24.26'W 15.2 53° 15.3 12.5 299.9 4 537 223.3
15/03/2011 04:00 19°58.78'S 036°50.95'W 16.8 51° 15.1 12.8 308.4 4 560 215.2
15/03/2011 02:00 20°14.15'S 037°17.21'W 13.7 57° 15.6 13.7 329.6 4 581 211.4
15/03/2011 00:00 20°31.27'S 037°44.77'W 15.3 54° 15.5 14.5 347 4 603 197.4
14/03/2011 22:00 20°51.09'S 038°09.97'W 16.1 44° 15.2 15.4 369.8 4 629 189.3
14/03/2011 20:05 21°13.75'S 038°32.26'W 15.5 37° 11.4 16.1 385.2 4 656 181.7
14/03/2011 18:00 21°40.78'S 038°50.69'W 15 34° 11.1 17 406.9 4 687 172.2
14/03/2011 16:00 22°05.75'S 039°06.15'W 17.3 31° 13.3 17.7 425.4 4 715 163.2
14/03/2011 14:00 22°20.25'S 038°52.77'W 13.8 322° 15.6 18.8 450.9 4 725 167.2
14/03/2011 12:00 22°46.36'S 038°38.72'W 15.7 339° 16.7 19.5 467.8 4 747 160.9
14/03/2011 10:05 23°14.69'S 038°26.44'W 17.7 349° 17.5 19.5 468.2 4 771 157.3
14/03/2011 08:00 23°48.64'S 038°18.67'W 18.3 347° 18.7 19.8 476.4 4 802 150.3

Thomas Coville and Sodebo are now firmly into what would be third place in the Barcelona World Race and while Virbac Paprec 3 is now at 5°S compared to Sodebo's 15°S, it must be with some satisfaction that Coville has been pulling up through their fleet sailing singlehanded, albeit in a boat nearly twice the size of the IMOCA 60s and with trice the number of hulls.

With Sodebo having to put in a tack to the northeast over the course of yesterday to order to get some searoom from the Brazilian coast, so Coville has been fortunate that so far he has managed to maintain his hard earned lead over the comparible pace of Francis Joyon and IDEC. At 0100 this morning Coville tacked back on to starboard, but while the northerly wind meant that yesterday's port tack offshore wasn't as painful as it might have been, compared to Sodebo, IDEC was much more lifted at this point of her voyage and was able to lay a course allowing her to pass Recife. Since she tacked Sodebo has been on a course for Salvador and Coville is likely to have to put in at least two further tacks until he is adequately east enough and in easterly breeze in order to get past the easterly bulge in Brazil. This lies some 270 miles to due north of her present position. The upshot is that in 24 hour time Coville is likely to be back to being neck and neck with his virtual rival.

 

 

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