KINGFISHER2 has been sailing slowly on the wind this morning, in very difficult seas, holding her northerly position to ensure she is not so close to the middle of the new low pressure system that has 65 to 70 knot winds at its centre.
The judgement to make is between bearing away and sailing fast but ending at the centre of the low - or hold height and waiting until the wind turns to the north west for a more favourable angle.
The north easterly wind preceding the low's arrival is unusual but is caused by another low pressure system moving south from Madagascar to their north east, modifying the wind gradient. KINGFISHER2's more southerly position has give her a more favourable distance to go which puts her 202 miles ahead of Orange's record
ELLEN'S LATEST LOG
Another clear night under the cloudless southern ocean sky... It seems odd not to see the clouds here. The Southern Ocean for most people is an ocean of clouds, gales and just occasional patches of clear sky which make this place on of the most beautiful in the world. But for us we have been spoilt - spoilt with so many days of blue skies - but frustrated by the lack of breeze at what seems like every corner we turn. The daggerboard repair - though just 4 hours in time has cost us dearly as we are still looking at the same NW winds to our east which we should be rocketing along in.. But there is no point on looking at things which may have happened we must focus on what is imminent and CAN happen, and try to use each shift to our advantage. anyway - morale is good, this sure is a beautiful place to sail. Seeing the island yesterday was fairly exciting for everyone, and the thought of getting moving again in the next 24 hours is the beggest motivation in itself.. We need a low to sit on or flat sea to go reaching in and we'll be off, our fingers though a little cold now are firmly crossed. ex
SUMMARY : 0700 GMT 22.2.03 (position taken at 07:16 GMT)
Position: 50 25 `S 52 06 `E (approx. location 660 miles west of Kerguelen Islands)
Ahead/Behind the record: 12 hour 36 minutes Ahead of Orange (using WP7)
Ahead/Behind Geronimo: 68 hours 47 minutes behind Geronimo (using WP7/ longitude 52 00'S 115 07'E, due South of Cape Leeuwin)
DAY 23 24 hour run (point to point) : Kingfisher 353 nm, Orange 307 nm, Geronimo 550 nm
End DAY 23 distance to go (on theoretical course) : KF2 15845 nm, 16046 Orange nm, Geronimo 14744 nm
Boat speed: 15 knots
Distance to WP7 52 00'S 115 07'E, due South of Cape Leeuwin 2297nm (theorectical shortest distance)