Day 37 (Tue 09 Feb 1330 - Wed 10 Feb 1330)
The fleet have slowed slightly as the weather tightens, scoring 1300nm of DMG, a 45nm average per crew. With this, the crews off Dream Maker and HCL Workforce 1 pass halfway, with many crews opting to celebrate the occasion with a well deserved break comprising a swim in the ocean and some of the favourite foods.
Mission Atlantic managed to take a few miles out of Vivaldi’s lead in the fours class, this is the first time they have out performed their rivals in the DMG stakes for 10 days. Could there be a twist in the procession that has been the fours class up until now?
Crews are currently experiencing mixed conditions, with some reporting an ideal Easterly breeze, yet others a taxing Southerly or South Westerly wind with speeds of 10 knots. Conditions will remain like this until after the weekend. Each crew will continue to be affected differently depending on there local conditions, in terms of the wind speed and direction, ocean current and swell.
Crews have been enjoying hot days at sea, with high temperatures and high humidity within the cabins. The girls on Mission Atlantic have taken to rowing an hour on and an hour off through the hottest part of the day to try and get by. However, there are always exceptions – sadly James Ketchell was the recipient of an unwelcome rain cloud yesterday, and cooling it may have been, it is never pleasant having a wet cabin to look forward to after rowing.
Finally, Britannia III have slowed down going into the last 100nm of their crossing. At the conclusion of day 37 they had made good just 46nm, leaving a little over 90nm to land. As they get closer to land, local conditions, sea-bed depth, tide and current will have a far bigger effect on the boat than in the middle of the ocean, as crews cannot afford to run with the conditions, they have to continually aim for a specific co-ordinate at al costs. These issues will be the same for all crews as they approach land – it could be described as the hardest part of the race and is the reason why 2 crews in the Indian Ocean race last year were towed to land having crossed the line of longitude that marked the finish. Having said that, Britannia III should make land on Thursday 10 February, possibly late in the afternoon.