Emerging from the Doldrums
|Date time||Lat||Long||VMG||Crs||Spd||Spd||Spd||Dist||DTF||DT G3|
|Inst||4 hr||24 hours|
|27/11/2011 07:45:00 UTC||05°01.34'N||027°35.22'W||12.4||201°||15.7||13.8||19.2||461.1||20 930||129.7|
|27/11/2011 04:45:00 UTC||05°43.85'N||027°22.75'W||11.3||190°||12.3||14.3||21.6||519.3||20 968||170|
|27/11/2011 01:45:00 UTC||06°26.90'N||027°18.12'W||14.9||207°||18.8||14.3||23.3||558||21 009||209.8|
|26/11/2011 22:45:00 UTC||07°11.92'N||027°03.94'W||10.4||187°||10.7||13.9||24.8||596.1||21 051||247.5|
|26/11/2011 19:45:00 UTC||07°49.66'N||026°49.62'W||16||189°||16.6||17.5||26.7||639.7||21 087||287.3|
|26/11/2011 16:45:00 UTC||08°38.36'N||026°51.01'W||22.2||176°||22.3||24.7||28.1||675.2||21 135||319.8|
|26/11/2011 13:45:00 UTC||09°52.91'N||026°52.15'W||24.4||176°||24.5||28.5||27.9||670.2||21 209||319.7|
|26/11/2011 10:45:00 UTC||11°17.24'N||027°01.21'W||31.8||170°||32||31.2||27.3||654.8||21 294||308.3|
|26/11/2011 08:45:00 UTC||12°17.32'N||027°12.22'W||32.8||168°||33||31.4||27.3||656||21 355||303.1|
The elastic has contracted for the crew of Banque Populaire on their Jules Verne Trophy attempt. Yesterday evening they entered the Doldrums causing their speed to drop uncharacteristicaly to the 'teens' and, with this, their lead over Groupama 3 has diminished to 129.7 miles, down from a high yesterday afternoon of 323 miles.
However the satellite radar wind images show the southeasterlies marking the end of the Doldrums starting to fill in at around 5°N (where they are now) and so over the course of this morning the 40m maxi trimaran will soon be getting back up to cruising speed and on her current course (which has come about to the west since yesterday morning) she looks set to cross the Equator (around 300 miles away at the latest sched) at around 28°50W later today.
It seems likely that after the Equator Banque Populaire will follow a similar course to the one Groupama 3 took, but more to the east as in the southeasterly trades they will be attempting to make the best VMG south until such time as the trades start backing into the east as they pass Recife.