Banque Populaire into the northeasterly trades
|Date time||Lat||Long||VMG||Crs||Spd||Spd2||Spd3||Dist||DTF||DT G3|
|27/12/2011 11:00||25°45.85'S||032°46.87'W||15.2||347°||16.3||16.3||16.7||401||4 770||1 010.10|
|27/12/2011 08:00||26°34.14'S||032°33.15'W||16.3||346°||17.5||12.5||16.2||388||4 816||998.9|
|27/12/2011 05:00||27°13.24'S||032°21.42'W||8.7||8°||8.8||12.8||16.6||397.2||4 853||1 009.90|
|27/12/2011 02:00||27°51.98'S||032°20.41'W||13.5||11°||13.6||26||17.8||428.2||4 891||1 014.30|
|26/12/2011 23:00||29°03.91'S||032°41.74'W||31.9||16°||32.2||25.9||18.3||438||4 965||987.6|
|26/12/2011 20:00||30°27.82'S||033°09.55'W||18||22°||18.5||16.7||18.6||445.4||5 052||946.2|
|26/12/2011 17:00||31°20.05'S||033°18.19'W||16.8||8°||16.9||13.2||20.5||491.8||5 104||941.9|
|26/12/2011 14:00||31°59.15'S||033°37.78'W||11.7||35°||13||8.8||22.6||541.9||5 146||965.2|
|26/12/2011 11:00||32°23.81'S||033°43.22'W||9.3||326°||12.6||12.8||24.8||596.2||5 171||996.8|
Banque Populaire hasn't stopped, but equally she hasn't been breaking any records over the last 24 hours as she negotiates her way tentatively around a complex zone of high pressure. But over the course of this morning, the 40m maxi-tri has finally broken into the northeasterly trades and the forecast indicates that she will remain in these until she reaches the Doldrums, trades slowly veering into the east as Banque Populaire heads further north, hopeful enough to enable her to get past Recife, the most eastern point of Brazil and currently 1100 miles away, without having to put in any extra manoeuvres.
The good news is that despite being a little off the pace, Banque Populaire hasn't lost much of her 1000 mile lead over her virtual pace setter, Jules Verne Trophy holder Groupama 3.
See Brian Thompson's latest blog here