Of concern for the crews at the moment is the weather ahead. 'The main storm system will be coming off the Virginia coast this afternoon, and that will turn into a major gale,' says Ken CAMPBELL of Commanders Weather. The message from CAMPBELL is that the yachts should head south. 'It is going to be a very rough two days for the fleet.'
At present, Mike SLADE's (GBR) Leopard of London is leading the Performance Cruising class 1, while the smallest boat in the fleet, the Swan 70 Stay Calm, is leading Performance Cruising class 2. Among the classics, A. Robert TOWBIN's (USA) Sumurun is holding a six mile lead over the Storm Trysail Club-chartered clipper ship Stad Amsterdam.
100 years ago:
Aboard the schooner Atlantic, Frederick HOYT wrote:
'After sunrise we kept looking up all the time and by 8am were heading east by standard compass of N 80deg E true and with large jibtopsail and two staysails on we were doing between 11-12 knots. At 1000 a schooner was made out on the leebeam which later proved to be Hamburg, and when at noon she bore two points abaft the beam the faces of the watch on deck wore an expression of delight. The gods were good to us, for at noon, the sun broke through long enough for us to get a latitude sight. Although it did not clear entirely, the sun would show himself once in a while and give us an afternoon sight much to our relief.'