The three chasers have all lost miles on Brasil 1, who seem to be sailing the best strategy for the day. All the boats look to be sailing into less wind, as might be expected as they go further south and in the east the wind seems to be veering more to the north. Brasil 1 has gained around five miles on all the other boats during the day. Other gainers are the ABN AMRO TWO crew who have taken back a mile on the big boys and must be an unwelcome sight for the ABN AMRO ONE crew if they look astern.
Sunergy and Friends have left Porto Santo and are heading across the top of Madeira, shaping to pass the island to the west. Madeira is a high island and leaves a huge wind shadow, so it is to be hoped that Sunergy and Friends make a lot of westing to try to pick up the remnants of the strong north easterlies before they head south. But whatever their strategy, they are likely to have light and shifty winds to contend with for quite a while
At the 1600 poll, positions were as follows: Brasil 1 57 miles ahead of Ericsson, with ABN AMRO ONE next, 70 miles from the leader, ABN AMRO TWO a further four miles back and Sunergy and Friends 429 miles from the leader.
Interestingly, Brasil 1 has a current 24 hour run of 320 miles, ABN AMRO ONE a 24 hour run of 352. It is just that Brasil 1 is sailing a better direction towards the turning gate at Fernando de Noronha and therefore has a shorter distance to the finish. Time for some serious tactical thinking aboard all the boats.
Position Report At 0400 Hours UTC, Wednesday 16 November 2005
|Brasil 1||BRA||Torben GRAEL (BRA)||26 04.49N||28 33.40W||5169||0||0||198||13.4||14.3||No Data|
|Ericsson Racing Team||SWE||Neal MCDONALD (GBR)||26 29.26N||28 50.06W||5191||22||13||197||15.5||14.1||No Data|
|ABN AMRO ONE||NED||Mike SANDERSON (NZL)||26 39.19N||29 41.32W||5196||27||12||194||15.3||14||No Data|
|ABN AMRO TWO||NED||Sebastian JOSSE (FRA)||26 44.50N||29 43.51W||5202||33||6||189||14.3||14||No Data|
|Sunergy and Friends||AUS||Grant WHARINGTON (AUS)||32 16.14N||19 12.50W||5654||485||-19||244||13.3||8.8||No Data|
|movistar||ESP||Bouwe BEKKING (NED)||37 07.38N||08 31.48W||6157||988||-79||0||0||3||No Data|
|Pirates of the Caribbean||USA||Paul CAYARD (USA)||38 41.32N||09 24.56W||6213||1044||-79||0||0||2.3||No Data|
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