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27 February 2005, 07:24 pm
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Orange II

Day 34 at sea has seen Orange II pass the Falkland Islands. Having all but sailed up the beach at the Falklands in gale force following breeze Bruno PEYRON and his team opted to sail to the east of the Falklands and since yesterday evening have been averaging a course between north and northeast.
Their prospects for the next three to four days are still looking extremely promising. A high pressure system, at present centred to the west of Chile, is due to move across the southern part of mainland South America by tomorrow. Meanwhile there is a depression centred at 60°S 33°W which is developing a secondary lobe of low pressure to its north. Orange II is currently benefiting from the corridor of strong southwesterlies that lies between these two systems.

With these two systems converging so the corridor of southwesterlies will extend further north up to the latitude of the River Plate by tomorrow. Come Tuesday and the high is forecast to continue moving slowly east, extending the corridor further north past Rio de Janeiro...

This is surely the most favourable set of weather conditions anyone's ever encountered on this usually very awkward part of the course. To manage Cape Horn to Rio in what could be as little as four and a half days is unheard of. At present only on Wednesday afternoon will Orange II slow when she has to go through the transitional phase before she picks up the northeasterlies to the northeast of Rio.

End of day 34 update (1000GMT):

Position: 46 43.56'S 53 46.08'W
Instant speed/course: 26.00 knots/042deg
24h run: 554 nm (23.1 knots)
Speed from start : 23.9 kts
DFS: 19479 nm
DTF: 6376.80 nm

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