|18/03/2011 08:00||06°55.94'S||034°31.12'W||11||354°||14.3||10.2||244.2||3 766||-322.8|
|18/03/2011 06:00||07°20.06'S||034°31.19'W||14.3||355°||16.4||10.4||250.4||3 789||-302.9|
|18/03/2011 04:00||07°49.80'S||034°29.48'W||16.4||354°||17.9||10.6||254.2||3 819||-287.4|
|18/03/2011 02:15||08°16.69'S||034°29.98'W||17.4||4°||17.8||10.8||258.9||3 845||-274.6|
|18/03/2011 00:00||08°58.25'S||034°32.52'W||20.8||5°||15.1||10.5||252.8||3 887||-264.7|
|17/03/2011 22:15||09°32.37'S||034°33.17'W||18.3||356°||11.3||10.1||241.8||3 921||-256.8|
|17/03/2011 20:00||10°05.98'S||034°30.55'W||12.4||354°||6.6||9.6||229.7||3 954||-239.9|
|17/03/2011 18:00||10°28.62'S||034°28.39'W||10.6||347°||8||9||216.8||3 976||-218.8|
|17/03/2011 16:00||10°39.59'S||034°31.19'W||11.3||94°||13||9.3||224.3||3 987||-184.5|
|17/03/2011 14:00||10°38.62'S||034°53.65'W||10.4||88°||11.5||10.4||248.7||3 989||-142.3|
|17/03/2011 12:15||10°37.91'S||035°11.99'W||13||94°||9.1||11.6||277.8||3 992||-107|
|17/03/2011 10:00||10°35.15'S||035°50.34'W||16.6||99°||13||13.8||331.4||4 003||-72.6|
|17/03/2011 08:00||10°42.23'S||036°03.94'W||18.6||341°||17.7||15.2||365.5||4 016||-46.6|
Oh dear. As expected Thomas Coville and Sodebo have once again dropped significantly behind Francis Joyon's pace over the last 24 hours as they have been struggling to get past Recife. In addition Coville yesterday had to effect a repair to Sodebo's outhaul.
After diving right into the Brazilian coast, just 17 miles off, Sodebo tacked offshore at around 0900GMT yesterday, finally turning north again at 1700 GMT when she was offshore adequately to pass Recife on starboard tack. Unfortunately in addition to being upwind, the breeze went soft yesterday, although Sodebo is getting back up to speed this morning.
As result, inevitably Sodebo has fallen behind IDEC's pace and at the moment they have a 322 mile deficit. This looks set to continue for most of today - on his record-setting lap Joyon roared up to the Equator and was constantly making 20+ knots until he hit the brick wall of the Doldrums at around 1°N, the equivalent of this evening in Sodebo time. There followed two slow days for IDEC where she was typically averaging no more than 10 knots so here there is in theory an opportunity for Coville and Sodebo to regain some ground.
It is hard to tell from the satellite wind radar images just what sort of passage Sodebo will have through the Doldrums. The worst of the Doldrums is located around the equator and Sodebo should be through at around 1°N (ie around 480 miles away). In Sodebo's favour is that she is a long way west which conventional wisdom holds usually makes for an easier passage through the Doldrums. Our best guess is that Sodebo may once again pull ahead of IDEC at some point over the weekend.