Mini Transat: A Storm Brewing:
(November 10, 2017; Day 9) – One could get a sense of it from looking at the Mini-Transat La Boulangère competitors’ trajectories. The trade wind, never totally steady at the best of times, has been ruffled by stormy squalls, which are causing significant variations in the wind, both in terms of strength and direction. Together with the fatigue, any errors in judgment or maneuvering can prove costly.
“Tell me about the rain not the fair weather, the fair weather disgusts me…” sang French singer-songwriter Georges Brassens, but it’s not certain that these particular lyrics would win much acclaim in this last third of the Atlantic. Indeed, the stormy squalls, which are b…
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Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng Leads Fleet South:
(November 10, 2017; Leg 2, Day 6) – Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team were putting on a display of straight-line speed sailing on Friday as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet bore down on the Doldrums.
The Chinese-flagged team had eked out a narrow lead over rivals MAPFRE, team Akzonobel and Vestas 11th Hour Racing on Thursday, and by 1300 UTC today they had doubled it as they drew level with the Cape Verde Islands.
As the downwind drag race south entered another day, Dongfeng were also the quickest boat in the fleet, making just shy of 20 knots in 16 knots of breeze due in part to sailing a slightly hotter angle than the others.
However, a lead six days into a 7,000-mi…
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