The high is still filling. It is pushing away the low. Collusive, these two systems seem to be joining forces to bar the maxi-catamaran Orange's route back up the heart of the South Atlantic.
The emergency exit envisaged yesterday to the east of the centre of high pressure has evaporated in skipper Bruno Peyron's face. Behind, the low is deepening, and it's threatening a storm. Between anticyclonic calms and a 65-knot headwind, Orange is searching for salvation. We've cut to the north. Beam reaching today with speed, to cross the high tomorrow through its western edge, head to wind indeed, but 12 to 15 knots, no more. Orange will be making progress northwards, with more or less speed towards the saving SE trade winds.