As the daily logs from the yachts show, the area of squally rain has brought a lot of fresh water onto a lot of decks, and a few sleepless nights through the fleet.
Having taking the advice in the weather warning, most yachts were prepared for possible squally gusts during Sunday and Sunday night. Some yachts got caught - a gust of 40 knots was the highest reported, whilst other sailed through the night without encountering one squall. Such is the nature of these rainy monsters. No yachts reported any damage, although one or two had a more "exciting" night than they might have wished for.
As predicted and clearly shown in yesterday's satellite image, there was quite a lot of rain and most yachts got a good washing down. The low cloud has also brought hot and humid air, and in some cases head winds! The fleet will have at least another 24 hours of these conditions before sailing out from behind the trough.
At the front, Spirit one of the two VOR60's in the RORC Racing Division, is pushing ahead with a distance to the finish in Rodney Bay St.Lucia of 754 nautical miles. This gives a current ETA (estimated time of arrival) as 1600hrs UTC on 4th December. This is just over 11 days, and would be inside the current course record of 11days 23hrs, 41 minutes and 43 secs, set by the yacht Spirit of Diana in ARC 2001.
As you can see from today's picture, some yachts are having fun at sea, and it is not all "doom and gloom" as the weather might indicate. The yacht Cigno Rosso landed this lovely dorado which was swiftly prepared from the crews lunch by Tracy.
We thought we would end today with a "Quote of the day" from Cigno Rosso. Eleanor, relaxing in the cockpit after dinner was heard to remark "this is lovely, it feels just like we're floating!" We certainly hope so.
Full position reports and more photos are available on the event website at the address below.