Banque Populaire into the northeasterly trades

Path north looking good...if the 40m trimaran can get past Recife

Tuesday December 27th 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 Spd2 Spd3 Dist DTF DT G3
          Inst 4hr 24hrs      
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 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 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.

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