Good tradewinds are continuing to push the ARC fleet on towards Rodney Bay, St.Lucia, with yachts reporting their best 24 hour runs so far.
Down wind sail configurations are being tested throughout the fleet, with the polled out headsail and main proving most popular in the boisterous conditions. With NE25-30 knots, there have been a number of spinnaker wraps reported, although no damage.
Norwegian skipper Lars Ramsdal sailing his Beneteau Oceanis 473 New Life, is now diverting to the Cape Verdes for an unscheduled repair stop after breaking the whisker pole today. Also heading south are the crew of Hinzite, an American Frers 45, having arranged to pick up their skipper, Charles. Work schedules forced airline pilot Charles to miss out on the start, but now having rearranged things at home, he will be joining his yacht for the remainder of the crossing.
Elsewhere in the fleet, the ARC radio net is proving popular, as crews get to know each other over the airwaves during the daily sked. This year the "ARC Kids", just over 40 of them on 17 different yachts have organised their own "kids-net" a great way to keep in touch with their new found friends from the two-week stay in Las Palmas, and great experience for those off on long term cruises.
At the front of the fleet, Spirit of Juno and Liara are down at 22N and have just under 1700 miles to run to the finish. Close on their heels are Spirit of Minerva, Fast.net and Constanter, all reveling in the strong winds. Smallest yacht in the fleet, Canina, a Van de Stadt 29 is holding her own with a 24 hour run of 135 miles.