After yesterday's 15:00 position report, the Clipper 2002 Race Office began to wonder what the crew on Glasgow were putting in their porridge and this morning is no different.
Second placed Jersey Clipper remains 2 miles behind, but has managed to close the gap by just under half a mile proving that despite their last race result the Jersey milk is definitely back on the boil.
To stick with the breakfast analogy, New York's crew may be eating them, but there was certainly no waffle when it came to their performance over the last 12 hours. Not a huge run, but by heading in the right direction they have climbed up to a useful third place.
With Bristol Clipper currently overall race leaders, their position relative to second placed Jersey is crucial. After a disappointing start the Bristol cream seems to be flowing again and their present spot in 4th position, just 2 behind Jersey, would be sufficient to retain their overall lead.
London skipper Rory GILLARD will not be thanking us for yesterday's prediction of great things to come. Instead of surging into first place, they have dropped 2 places to 5th, and after them, Hong Kong, Liverpool and Cape Town have all lost out despite some very reasonable runs.
It is at this point that we can start to see a distinct split in the fleet. Glasgow and Jersey are remaining on the inside track and so far seem to be benefiting from it. New York, Bristol and London are following a similar line just slightly further offshore, whilst Hong Kong, Liverpool and Cape Town are sailing about 10 miles further offshore and heading slightly more to the east. They are perhaps looking slightly further ahead to the point they wish to cross the ITCZ.
Whatever the reason, it has actually given both Liverpool and Cape Town the highest average speed if not the best result relative to the leaders.
One thing is for certain though, the fleet positions will all change again before the arrival in New York.