Touch wood - Cape Horn tomorrow
|Date time||Lat||Long||VMG||Crs||Spd||Spd||Spd||Dist||DTF||DT G3|
|22/12/2011 06:00||61°38.37'S||087°35.14'W||25.9||67°||26.1||18.7||18.4||442.7||7 733||535.6|
|22/12/2011 03:00||61°48.98'S||089°48.79'W||6.4||147°||22.9||18.4||18.7||448||7 796||536.6|
|22/12/2011 00:00||60°53.60'S||091°09.21'W||16.9||75°||17||20.4||18.5||442.9||7 820||588.9|
|21/12/2011 21:00||61°12.95'S||093°12.14'W||21.5||79°||21.6||19.2||16.8||404.4||7 882||608.6|
|21/12/2011 18:00||61°15.55'S||095°16.49'W||18||93°||18.3||18.2||15.8||379.4||7 942||632.8|
|21/12/2011 15:00||61°06.24'S||097°11.60'W||16.2||95°||16.4||18.4||13.8||332.2||7 996||654.8|
|21/12/2011 12:00||60°54.31'S||099°03.52'W||18||104°||18.9||18.1||12.1||290.5||8 049||672.9|
|21/12/2011 09:00||60°31.68'S||100°50.56'W||15.3||112°||16.5||18.6||10.8||258.8||8 101||685.2|
|21/12/2011 06:00||59°59.57'S||102°22.20'W||18.6||118°||20.4||22.4||9.8||235.9||8 148||693.7|
The Banque Populaire maxi-tri continues to have a torrid time as she attempts to get to Cape Horn. At the latest sched the tip of the South American continent remains 714 miles from her. Incredibly in her attempt to get around the south side of the ridge to her north, the 40m trimaran has dropped all the way down to almost 62°S. The last boats on a Jules Verne Trophy attempt to drop this far south was ENZA New Zealand on her successful attempt in 1994. But after the major detour to round the icegate and now the hold up in te ridge, so her lead over Jules Verne Trophy record holder Groupama 3 has dwindled still further - now down to just 535 miles or less than a day.
At around midnight UTC Banque Populaire put in another hitch south, gybing back on to a northeasterly heading at around 0400 this morning. Hopefully now she will be clear to lay Cape Horn in decent breeze, although the remnants of the ridge look set to continue following her. Touch wood, Banque Populaire will be rounding Cape Horn tomorrow afternoon UTC in a ESEerly breeze that is forecast to build to 30+ knots and veer slightly.
"It is a little slow and it is very Southern," said skipper Loick Peyron of their route yesterday. "We will be at a little more than 61°S in a short time and just a few months go we were at 61°N when we sailed around Great Britain. The water is 4°C, but there is good visibility, little wind and as a result not too much danger."
"Frankly it will be better for the 24 hours coming into the Horn. It might even be a bit lively. I have a little dilemma right now, do we pass near the Horn, at the request of half of the crew who have never seen it - it would be very nice grant this wish - but on the other hand, if there is 35/40 knots of wind I won't be that keen. We'll see in the next few hours but it may be that we miss the Horn for reasons of safety. Just off the Horn, the sea bottom rises quickly and the waves can be brutal."