ClubMed diverted last night from the direct route to head north-west in an effort to reach the south-east border of the Atlantic low-pressure system.
Now the low is moving, crushing the ridges of high pressure and heading due east towards the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean. Now there is 40 knots in the Straits of Gibraltar.
For Inovation Explorer, the wind is picking up too, progressively turning from the east to the south. Roger Nilson, the boat's navigator confirms "it's well and truly the edge of the low. The boat accelerates, heading north-north-east". The crew can breath a sigh of relief. The last 24 hours have been long and tainted with muffled anxiety at the idea of seeing Club Med get away forever. Of course the leader is far over the horizon. But hope hasn't been abandoned on Peyron's boat.
48 hours after what they called THE big storm of this round-the-world, the Poles on Warta-Polpharma are starting a new race against the clock; an enormous depression is evolving rapidly west of Cape Horn.
Team Adventure,150 miles from the famous rock is descending at full speed along the north-east border of a huge system centred to the west of Chili. Cam Lewis's men will not be concerned by the istorm whipped up by this system. They will be rounding the Horn in a few hours before starting a difficult beat to windward up the South Atlantic. Roman Paszke's men, on the other hand, are watching with alarm the movement of this depression to the east along the latitude of the Horn with winds of 60 knots and more! With the rising continental shelf, the state of the sea will be apocalyptic. The Poles have choice but to try and beat the system and outspeed it, rounding the Cape in the back of the depression.
Team Legato is making progress in a strong north-easterly regime. These conditions are favourable for Tony Bullimore to go after the disturbed constant speed westerly flows further south blowing towards Cape Horn.
Ranking (28/02/01 15:00:00 GMT)