Leg two sets off today
The second and substantially longer leg of the Charente Maritime Bahia Transat 6.50 sets sail from Funchal, Madeira today (Thursday) at 1330 local time, taking the 77 remaining competitors 3,130 miles down the Atlantic, across the Doldrums and the Equator to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
Denis Hugues, Race Director, states: "The second leg takes the yachts into the southern hemisphere. They’ll head down towards the Canaries, where they are free to choose their route past or through them. There’ll be a few opportunities to get ahead between the islands of the archipelago, where the winds often pick up speed. But they’ll have to watch out for the significant becalming effect caused by the mountainous terrain of some islands [Tenerife, whose highest point stands at 3700 metres, creates a lee the effect of which can be felt up to 50 miles downwind]. The competitors will then find themselves following the trade winds towards the Cape Verdes, where the Minis’ position as they sail through the archipelago will decide which direction they take to get to the Doldrums.
"A gate of the course remains between Maio, the easternmost island in the archipelago, and San Antao, the westernmost. This will force the fleet to stay together for safety reasons. They’ll then have to position themselves as well as possible to approach the Doldrums, where the winds from the northern hemisphere meet those of the southern hemisphere. It’s a particularly tricky area where boats can be without wind for hours and then suddenly get caught up in a 50-knot squall. You therefore need to be on your toes the whole time to make sure you get out of the area as fast as possible. Some competitors may be caught out on the way through, and there may be a few surprises.
"Once across the Equator, and having made the traditional offering to Neptune, the competitors will pick up the southeast trades taking them to Salvador de Bahia. The ideal route is to go as far west as possible at the Doldrums and the Equator and emerge as far to the east as possible: as the dominant winds in the southern hemisphere will be east and south-east! In 2003, there were a number of surprises three days from the finishing line. Some of the favourites lost dismasted as a result of a stationary front over Salvador de Bahia that created a very strong swell … Nothing is ever finished! Obviously, all the competitors, from first to last, will be awaited with the same eagerness on the jetties of Salvador de Bahia.”
Weather trends… by Météo Consult.
The presence of a depression from Morocco to Guinea will lead to the development of unstable NNE flow around the Canaries. This depression will stop the evolution of high near the Azores. A low to moderate wind will strengthen between the Canaries and Cape Verdes. This will promote the speed and will force competitors to make many gybes. They should however be very careful because it will remain conducive to the development of thunderstorms.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Unstable NNE force 3 towards the open sea. Sunny weather. Wind strengtheninh to Force 4 at night.
Friday, October 14, 2011
The wind becomes more organized Force 4 from the NNE. The air mass becomes unstable to the northwest of the Canary Islands. This increases the risk of storms.
Saturday 15 and Sunday October 16, 2011
On the approach of the Canary Islands on Saturday, the wind may shift to the northeast. The air becomes very unstable south of the Canaries. The risk of thunderstorms and strong gusts becomes higher in the afternoon and at night. If wind conditions remain through until Sunday, the air mass could become very unstable with strong thunderstorms and severe squalls.
Trend for next week
Persistence of the NNE moderate winds for the start of week, stronger near the Cape Verdes. The instability will decrease.
The Charente Maritime-Bahia Transat 6.50 is scored on the combined elapsed times for the first and second legs. So at present between the lead Protos, 28 minutes separates leg one winner Sébastien Rogues and David Raison while 1 hour 32 minutes back from Rogues is third placed Jorg Riechers. 20 prototypes remain within 12 hours of the leader going into this second leg and 27 within 24 hours.
In the Series class Benoit Mariette is 51 minutes ahead of Clement Bouyssou and 1 hour 28 minutes in front of Davy Beaudart. There are 16 boat within 12 hours of the leader and 36 within 24 hours of him.
Among the Brits, Dan Dytch on Soitec arrived in Funchal in 12th place, and has an 8.5 hour deficit on the Proto leader while Pip Hare on The Potting Shed, currently 29th, has 16 hours to make up on the Series leader. With more than 3000 miles still to sail there is still a lot of racing to be played out.
Leg 1 times
|1||716||ROGUES Sébastien||EOLE GENERATION - GDF SUEZ||8d 20h 46m 43s|
|2||747||RAISON David||TEAM WORK EVOLUTION||8d 21h 15m 8s|
|3||753||RIECHERS Jorg||MARE.DE||8d 22h 19m 7s|
|4||679||DAVID Etienne||TEAMWORK||8d 23h 59m 57s|
|5||667||LE BREC Guillaume||OCCAMAT / ATD||9d 0h 1m 24s|
|6||802||BERTRAND Etienne||CHASSEUR DE PRIMES||9d 0h 16m 13s|
|7||741||FERMIN Rémi||BOREAL||9d 1h 50m 6s|
|8||787||NORMAND Thomas||FINANCIERE DE L'ECHIQUIER||9d 1h 58m 12s|
|9||618||MONTAGNE Lucas||ONG CONSEIL||9d 2h 30m 40s|
|10||198||PICAULT Sébastien||KICKERS||9d 3h 45m 53s|
|11||509||SCHRODER Lucas||BRUNEL||9d 4h 48m 33s|
|12||617||DYTCH Dan||SOITEC||9d 5h 10m 52s|
|13||800||RIOUX Antoine||FESTIVAL DES PAINS||9d 5h 13m 54s|
|14||417||DUCROZ Aurélien||NISSAN||9d 5h 22m 32s|
|15||814||DARAMY Jean-Baptiste||EKI HAIZEA||9d 5h 50m 53s|
|16||265||MARETTE Paul||REGION NORD PAS DE CALAIS||9d 6h 30m 12s|
|17||791||REINHART Thibault||ARALDITE®||9d 6h 59m 55s|
|18||719||BOIDEVEZI Nicolas||DEFI GDE||9d 7h 19m 5s|
|19||788||CHAPPELLIER Aymeric||LA TORTUE DE L'AQUARIUM DE LA ROCHELLE||9d 8h 36m 58s|
|20||347||GELABERT Aleix||GAES-ANTAAS||9d 8h 42m 26s|
|21||754||DELESNE Bertrand||ZONE LARGE||9d 10h 19m 11s|
|22||574||CREIGHTON Emma||POCKET ROCKET||9d 11h 42m 6s|
|23||759||KOLACEK Milan||GABEN > FOLLOW ME||9d 12h 57m 26s|
|24||606||CARME Donatien||606 CHERCHE SPONSOR||9d 15h 40m 20s|
|25||629||MAUFFRET Louis||SOLIDAIRES||9d 17h 30m 40s|
|26||454||BOUCHET Romain||IB REMARKETING||9d 17h 50m 17s|
|27||551||PATOU Henri||ECARTIP||9d 18h 44m 50s|
|28||756||CARACCI Andrea||SPEEDY MALTESE||9d 20h 57m 54s|
|29||797||CAVANOUGH Scott||www.brainchild.org.au||9d 21h 49m 15s|
|30||542||ROSSETTI Tiziano||UNA VELA PER EMERGENCY||10d 10h 21m 40s|
|31||513||GALLO Maurizio||YAK||10d 22h 17m 48s|
|1||599||MARIETTE Benoit||ODALYS VACANCES||9d 8h 31m 39s|
|2||514||BOUYSSOU Clément||DOUET DISTRIBUTION||9d 9h 22m 56s|
|3||674||BEAUDART Davy||INNOVEA ENVIRONNEMENT||9d 9h 59m 18s|
|4||535||MARY Renaud||www.runo.fr||9d 10h 6m 10s|
|5||566||LLULL Eric||NOBLE COCOA||9d 10h 37m 34s|
|6||552||BRASSEUR Pierre||VOILES OCEAN||9d 11h 25m 51s|
|7||455||GAHINET Gwénolé||ASSO WATEVER - gwenolegahinet.com||9d 11h 41m 28s|
|8||512||HOEBLER Cyril||OCEARIUM DU CROISIC||9d 11h 53m 27s|
|9||739||LENGLET Benoît||EVASOL||9d 15h 14m 41s|
|10||767||ENDT Ysbrand||PRIME OF THE NORTH SEA||9d 16h 23m 35s|
|11||746||CIZEAU Pierre||MASQHOTEL||9d 17h 36m 7s|
|12||781||SORIN Fabrice||CARTOFFSET||9d 17h 43m 39s|
|13||721||CHOMBART DE LAUWE Pascal||XANLITE||9d 21h 3m 31s|
|14||473||GUILLONNEAU Jean Claude||ZERLINE||9d 20h 13m 54s|
|15||596||CHAVARRIA Renaud||BEZIERS MEDITERRANEE||9d 20h 32m 10s|
|16||527||LAVAYSSIERE Hugo||ARES&Co.||9d 20h 36m 23s|
|17||435||KERBOURIOU Vincent||CGGVERITAS||9d 21h 9m 0s|
|18||591||BLANCHARD Florian||MC TECHNOLOGIES||9d 22h 4m 16s|
|19||745||BEYER Susanne||PENELOPE||9d 22h 27m 36s|
|20||519||DIDAC Costa||SALAO||9d 22h 31m 20s|
|21||602||ROSEN JACOBSON Robert||NED602||9d 22h 51m 33s|
|22||660||DUVIGNAC Marie||CHRISTOPHE JOSSE - PARIS||9d 23h 18m 20s|
|23||529||GAILEY Bruce||BLACK MAMBA||9d 23h 42m 38s|
|24||539||LAURIERE Benoit||www.teamkalonig.com||9d 23h 48m 55s|
|25||636||MADDEN Jorge||SAMSARA||9d 23h 48m 55s|
|26||772||BRÄNDSTRÖM Ulf||GRPMS.COM||9d 23h 49m 4s|
|27||405||CLAVEAU Mathieu||OKOUME LES CHEVAUX DU BEAL||10d 0h 14m 58s|
|28||757||ARCHIN Brendan||ASSOCIATION LA TOULINE||10d 0h 20m 29s|
|29||743||HARE Pip||THE POTTING SHED||10d 0h 29m 54s|
|30||758||TEN BRINKE Christa||RAN OF THE NORTH SEA||10d 0h 49m 50s|
|31||697||FRANCOIS Amaury||GROUPE QUALITEL||10d 1h 33m 13s|
|32||704||GESI Simone||DAGADA' - SPIRITO DI MAREMMA||10d 2h 49m 15s|
|33||626||FREELS Björn||RIKKI TIKKI||10d 3h 8m 12s|
|34||585||BOSSYNS Bert||FELICITY II||10d 7h 9m 16s|
|35||472||CHUH Kan||VMAX||10d 8h 20m 38s|
|36||728||PRONO David||Get It Right, www.esi-group.com||10d 8h 24m 11s|
|37||796||GROUX Nicolas||COUVAC||10d 10h 0m 50s|
|38||737||PAMIR Tolga||YAKAMOZ||10d 10h 23m 8s|
|39||554||SABBATINI Giacomo||SCUSAMI LE SPALLE||10d 10h 35m 27s|
|40||487||GUO Chuan||VASA||10d 12h 16m 58s|
|41||744||SIMONNET Bruno||EL NONO||10d 13h 12m 40s|
|42||230||BERTRAND Serge||MINIMUM||10d 19h 13m 46s|
|43||769||FRATTARUOLO Sergio||BOLOGNA IN OCEANO||10d 22h 42m 30s|
|44||708||ROBIN Fabienne||HOROQUARTZ||11d 7h 21m 8s|
|45||774||OGER Jean-Marie||BRAZIL FOREST - E.LECLERC||11d 11h 37m 24s|