Day 2 (Tue 5th Jan 1330 - Wed 6th Jan 1330)
This year’s race has already seen a record broken. In the last 13 years of racing, there has always been a retirement in the first 2 days, but to date no crew has left the race. Perhaps it is possible to attribute this not only to the exceptional preparation of this years crews but also to the extended weather delay experienced prior to the eventual start, which, if required gave the crews extra time to finalise their boat and equipment.
Day 2 has seen the teams continue south, however they are now all caught in North Westerly winds. These winds are pushing the fleet South and East, which is resulting in the negative distances posted on the progress page today. The fleet was lead by JJ and QBE Insurance Challenger, but as you may expect at this early stage the fleet is so close that a crew’s position is really just a number. What is important is getting the boat in the best position to take advantage of the changing weather conditions.
If you navigate to the weather page of the site you can see the outlook for the next week. The immediate forecast suggests the fleet will receive North Westerly winds of up to 20 knots, with surface waves continuing to push crews East. However, in 24-36 hours the crews should be far enough south to allow them to make use of the North Easterly winds in the area currently south of them, pushing them towards Antigua.
Britannia III have continued to make great progress South and tomorrow should start to navigate West towards Antigua. Due to the low distance made good (DMG) across the first few days the crew now need an average DMG of 84nm a day to beat the current Atlantic Ocean record. But with the conditions turning to favour the crew in the coming days this target should be well within the crews limits.