For those on the hunt over 1000 miles back conditions at the Horn are likely to see conditions accelerate a bit more. The depression that served Nick MOLONEY (Skandia) 50 knots yesterday has now moved up to the North East. It's now Jean Pierre DICK on Virbac Paprec who is likely to cop 35 to 40 knot averages while Dominique WAVRE (Temenos) will be able to get going again.
From tomorrow night Joé SEETEN (Arcelor Dunkerque) and Nick MOLONEY are going to get yet another severe pasting with 55 knot averages, 80 knot gusts leaving very big seas in its wake for a considerable time. Conrad HUMPHREYS (Hellomoto) and Benoît PARNAUDEAU (Max Havelaar Best Western) are likely to make some good ground on Arcelor during the day but they may well have to divert north to avoid the aftermath of what is the most violent storm so far in this Vendée Globe. Conrad is just 7.7 miles behind Bruce SCHWAB (Ocean Planet) today - though the latter has now got renewed motivation from a chocolate cake at the finish and has made marginally better speed over the past half hour!
Anne LIARDET on Roxy is unfortunately in little wind upwind, Raphael DINELLI (Akena Verandas) and Karen LEIBOVICI (Benefic) also blocked in the same conditions near Tasmania.