Volvo Ocean Race – Seaweed has played a big part in the last 1000nm of racing, with all teams reporting they have had to stop and back down to clear the foils.
Ian Walker on Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing just emailed in saying: ‘We would have had a really good last position report averaging over 20 knots until the last hour when we got so tangled up in seaweed it caused numerous involuntary broaches, lots of attempts at clearing it and in the end we had to do our second back down.’
I’m sure the situation is similar with Dongfeng Race Team and with only 0.1nm separating them we can be sure both navigators’ fingers get shorter waiting for the next schedule at 0700UTC.
The whole fleet now has spread enough that no one can see another boat in their line of sight or with the AIS. At some point in the next 24 hours we should start to see all boats make more northerly progress and it will be interesting to see who goes first.
Wind speed: 20.6 knots
Boat speed SOG (15 mins): 22.9 knots
Wind direction: 077º – 082º
Lowest boat speed: TBRU (18.9 knots)
Highest boat speed: DFRT (23.2 knots)
Lowest wind speed: TBRU (16.9 knots)
Highest wind speed: DFRT (23.7 knots)
|Position report at: 01 May 03:40 UTC / Updated 3 hourly||
|Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing||0.0||2.4||1830||20.6|
|Dongfeng Race Team||0.1||0.1||1831||19.6|
|Team Vestas Wind||DID NOT START|