Day 25 (Thu 28 Jan 1330 - Fri 29 Jan 1330)
Crews suffered for a third day with conditions steadily worsening through the fleet. With most crews on para anchor the average loss per crew was another 3 nautical miles. The class leaders remain unchanged, and with all crews in the fleet in the same system few changes are expected over the weekend.
However, some crews are fairing slightly better than others, as local conditions alter. Yorkshire Challenger managed to make 10nm on the finish through day 25 yet the solo competitor of Roger Haines, just 1 degree west of Yorkshire Challenger lost 6nm.
Conditions are still forecast to remain unfavourable until late Tuesday with the winds continuing to come from the South East and the waves from the North. These conflicting conditions make for a bumpy ride that may invoke sea sickness for competitors again. As the weekend continues, the system will pass from west to east, with the crews most south and west able to progress sooner.
Britannia III continue to progress despite the tough conditions. The crew are struggling to make progress due to the Northerly winds currently in there region – opposing conditions to the rest of the racing fleet. While this means they don’t need to use the para anchor, it makes rowing extremely difficult with cross winds and unpredictable swell affecting the movement of the boat – resulting in missed rowing strokes, reducing the crews power, thus slowing the boat down. However, as the weather system moves west, Britannia III should steadily pick up pace and continue forward to Barbados.