While Neutrogena crosses a wide swathe of light airs race leaders Cheminées Pouljoulat have been stripping out fast miles almost directy north as they reach the latitude of the south of Uruguay.
Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam were making 19kts while Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz have averaged just 3.3kts over the last four hours to 0500hrs UTC this morning.
Over 24 hours Stamm and Le Cam have regained 140 miles against the second placed boat and are now 1118 miles ahead. They will continue to have these good E’ly 20-25ks winds today but tonight will have five or six hours of upwind sailing.
Neutrogena will continue with these light winds, variable in direction today while GAES Centros Auditivos have gained 55 miles on the second placed Spanish-Chilean duo and are now 187 miles behind. Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín, in 10-15kts NW’ly winds, are just getting into this same high pressure area of light winds and will slow today.
In the Pacific We Are Water and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton are still joined by elastic. We Are Water now have less than 1000 miles to Cape Horn. The better conditions are those of Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa who are just riding the front of the low in strong SW’lies making 14kts to the Garcia brothers 13kts. The two Barcelona IMOCA 60s are 215 miles apart, and We Are Water are stil on target to reach Cape Horn very early Saturday morning.
Renault Captur are in a good weather situation, between two systems, with 25kts SW’lies making a steady 13kts.
And Spirit of Hungary are caught in a complicated weather situation between three high pressure systems and so have 15kts of SW’ly breeze just now making 11 or 12kts.
Conrad Colman writes in his blog this morning, enjoying a French breakfast:
“Perhaps there are some benefits to stopping in the middle of the route, aside from fixing the keel bolts of course! After changing from the small reacher to our big gennaker I am able to sit down and have a breakfast of (French) champions… Black coffee and pain au chocolate! Eaten every day from the Calanques of Marseille to the onion patches by Roscoff, but until now never in the middle of the Pacific during a race around the world!
Otherwise all good onboard! It seems that Nandor sleeps better during the night than during the day, so I have taken to doing a long night watch with reefs out and the big gennaker hoisted I’ll turn in at 8 am local time (Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is the closest time zone) and get Nandor up for the morning watch. This way we both sleep well and are not slaves to the standard watch system.”