Into the Doldrums

Match racing frontrunners slow in the Volvo Ocean Race

Tuesday November 15th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

Chart above courtesy of Expedition/Tasman Bay Navigation Systems and PredictWind.

After charging south for the last 24 hours this morning, so the frontrunners in the Volvo Ocean Race have just entered the Doldrums.

Over this period the match race between Puma and Telefonica has continued with the Spanish VO70 taking over the lead at around 1400 yesterday, only for Puma to win it back again by 0400 this morning. At the latest sched, Puma is six miles ahead and slightly to the southeast of Telefonica, but both have slowed - Puma down to 11 knots from around 20 at midnight, Telefonica similarly down to 12 knots. With Puma having just crossed 5°N, so the latest satellite wind radar images are still showing the Doldrums extending from here south to around 2.5°N.

Further north, Camper has lost out a little over the last 24 hours, dropping a further 7 miles to the powerful Juan K designs and now 146 off the lead, while Groupama has regained three miles of her now 314 mile deficit. However with the front runners slowing, so we can expect to see some compression in the fleet.


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