More Wind at Last
The boats are two weeks into racing on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cape Town, South Africa. All the boats are now in the stronger North Easterley trade winds to the west of the Cape Verde islands.
Team SEB have gained from their eastward position on the fleet and had moved into the lead, but illbruck came back at them have the the lead again.
Email from Gurra Krantz on board SEB 6 October:
Still on our easterly route we have experienced some fantastic racing on our own. The race is as usual between the position reports, and our comeback from trailing the fleet was of course a sweet one. Still we have to work on the westerly separation and that has already shown very costly. ILBK has passed us and we will, most likely, see a couple of more skeds where we will lose to the fleet. We have not the same pressure here in the east. We had wind from 040 with 15 knots that turned during this morning to 085 with 19 knots, which was a relief when trying to go [south] west. Since then we have had a big drop in wind speed and another left hand shift which again makes it hard to get southwest. Sail high in light to keep the speed in the waves, sail VMG when you can, sail really low when breeze is up and you have favourable waves, gybe when the wind shifts to the left, gybe back when it shifts the other way, change to a lighter spinnaker to sail lower, work, work, work. We have reduced the separation from 380 to 200 miles. Still working on that, not to get caught too far east for the Doldrums. As I write this, the breeze is picking up and I read 15 knots from 060. Keeps us on track but we do not get the bow down enough to SW. Next position report will be very interesting. Will the others have stopped at all?
Current Boat Positions
3 Assa Abloy
5 Team News Corp
6 Amer Sports One
7 Amer Sports Too