Day 23 (Tue 26 Jan 1330 - Wed 27 Jan 1330)
The fleet has now been slowed with Southerly and South Westerly winds pushing against crews. Distance made good across the fleet was the lowest since the start of the race, with crews totalling just under 500nm. With the fleet now spread across 800nm of Atlantic Ocean, while many will suffer the consequences of bad weather, they will all be affected differently depending on their local conditions. As such the last 24 hours have taken their toll in teams differently.
On average each crew moved 16nm closer to the finish line, but some crews fared better than others with Karukera suffering the most, losing over 5nm to the finish. In contrast however, the crews of Red Arrow, Mission Atlantic and Spirit of Montanaro all managed to cover 30nm to the finish on day 23.
With conditions likely to remain the same for the next few days many crews will deploy their para anchors and sit tight, possibly doing a little maintenance, whether that is to the boat or themselves. It will allow each competitor the opportunity to rest the aching muscles and bodies, but for the crews fortunate enough not to stop there will be no such opportunity. They will continue to push on and continue to make ground on the finish. The progress board is likely to change substantially over the course of the next few days so keep a close eye on both the positions of the crews and their distance to the finish.
Finally, after 23 days at sea Britannia III had 1046nm between them and Bridgetown. At some point late on Wednesday 27 January the crew are expected to pass 42 54W, at which point they will be within 1000nm off the finish. The crew look to have travelled far enough south and west to miss the worst of the current weather system over the rest of the fleet, so expect them to continue progress towards Barbados.