Two days ahead

33.6 knots 24 hour average speed for Banque Populaire on her Jules Verne Trophy attempt

Saturday December 3rd 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected

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

Date time Lat Long VMG Crs Spd Spd 24 hr   DTF DT G3
          Inst 4hr Spd Dist    
03/12/2011 07:45 45°00.03'S 001°10.39'E 31.9 93° 32.9 33.9 33.6 806.3 17 602 1 376.00
03/12/2011 04:45 44°51.88'S 001°15.74'W 34.3 96° 35 33.1 33.5 803.2 17 704 1 299.90
03/12/2011 01:45 44°45.49'S 003°39.99'W 26.7 92° 27.8 31.8 33.5 803.8 17 803 1 212.60
02/12/2011 22:45 44°40.28'S 005°55.43'W 34.2 100° 34.6 32.5 33.6 806.1 17 897 1 162.70
02/12/2011 19:45 44°31.65'S 008°13.52'W 31.7 89° 33.8 33.2 33.7 808.3 17 993 1 111.00
02/12/2011 16:45 44°24.05'S 010°35.41'W 33 97° 33.9 33.5 33.6 806.6 18 091 1 054.80
02/12/2011 13:45 44°10.40'S 012°56.95'W 32.9 98° 33.8 33.2 33.5 803.2 18 190 996.8
02/12/2011 10:45 43°48.61'S 015°15.03'W 34.9 102° 35.5 32.2 33.3 798.1 18 291 932.7
02/12/2011 07:45 43°22.29'S 017°28.31'W 28.9 109° 29 33.1 33 793.1 18 390 862.7

Banque Populaire has managed to average 33.6 knots over the last 24 hours, covering an impressive 806 miles in this period. With this her lead over Jules Verne Trophy record holder Groupama 3 has soared. From 862 miles ahead yesterday morning, the Loick Peyron-skippered 40m long trimaran has increased her advantage to 1376 miles at the latest sched, or more than two days ahead - and bear in mind that she is just a quarter of the way into her lap of the planet.

The world's largest and fastest offshore racing trimaran continues to bask in the long runway of strong northwesterlies to the south of the high pressure and if the forecast is correct it looks as through these will take Banque Populaire past the Cape of Good Hope tomorrow morning at high speed and in record breaking time.

Tomorrow, as Banque Populaire heads into the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, skipper Loick Peyron will be faced with a decision. If he wants to continue on in the strong winds that bring the really impressive speeds, he's going to have point Banque Populaire south once again, from around 45°S deeper into the Roaring 40s and with this comes the increased risk of encountering ice. Alternatively he stays at 45°S where on Sunday the wind will lighten to around 20 knots, but their course will allow the big tri on Monday to pass north of the Prince Edward Islands at the beginning of the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean chain. Unfortunately come Tuesday there will be no option other than heading south, as an area of high pressure is forecast to descend to 45°S blocking her way. So Banque Populaire will probably leave the Crozet Islands to port as they descend to around 50°S forcing them south of the Kerguelen Islands. While Groupama 3 managed to play it safe, staying way north of the Kerguelens, in fact on past Jules Verne Trophy attempts the majority of contenders have left this remote French-owned archipelago to port. Once past the Kerguelens, there will once again be the opportunity to make big speeds with the on-set of the next front.

 

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