Skipper Ellen MacArthur has made the call for the crew of Kingfisher2 to return to Lorient as standby mode goes to AMBER in anticipation of a good weather window developing for next Monday or Tuesday.
"Right now, both weather models are showing a really good weather opportunity early next week,"
said MacArthur. "There is a 60-70% chance of departure so we have asked all the crew to return to Lorient by Sunday."
Ellen has been in Hamburg studying the weather options with Kingfisher2 weather router Dr Meeno Schrader - the decision to change standby mode was taken to give the 14 crew spread across Europe (from Sweden to Spain) sufficient time to return to the base in France.
Once Kingfisher2 is underway the 14 crew will fall into a 4-hour watch system of three watches - 4 hours "on watch", 4 hours "on standby" and 4 hours "off watch" with 4 crew in each system. On watch effectively means the four crew in that system will be driving the boat; on standby and the crew must be ready to go on deck at a moment's notice to help with manoeuvres although they can be resting down below; off watch means you're off - time to get some rest and relaxation.
The only crew exclusions from the watch system are Ellen MacArthur, to give her the freedom to navigate round the clock, and Andrew Preece who is in charge of all the media communications.