The biggest thing on the minds of the crews now will be the high pressure system. The fleet will be in decent northerly winds by tomorrow morning, but ahead of them is a large hole. If any of the yachts do fall in to this, they run the risk of being completely becalmed, slowly doing doughnuts as they lose speed and then steerage.
Over the last few days New York Clipper has been dogging the leading pair of Western Australia and Jersey, and this morning has finally picked one of them off, moving up to second place behind Dave PRYCE and his crew on Western Australia. Joff BAILEY, skipper of New York, has been continuously upbeat in his emails, and his recent diary gives a good insight into the decision making process of navigating the weather systems. It will be interesting over the next couple of days to see whether the southern group of Liverpool, Qingdao and Singapore, and especially Glasgow who have really made a southern leap, will pick up stronger winds and move around New York and Western Australia.