For Dumard, the meteorological situation will make Charlie Dalin “Apivia” face a small bubble of weaker winds. For a few hours, the pursuing group sails in a southwesterly wind regime of 15 to 25 knots that allows them to maintain high speeds and pick up.
The first fourteen ships, from “Apivia” to “L’Occitane en Provence” (Armel Tripon) now navigate the same weather system with a Mascarene high pressure system that spans the entire Indian Ocean.
The low that forms on Saturday, December 12 over Southwest Australia will move rapidly to the southeast beginning Sunday, December 13. It shouldn’t affect the first few competitors. It will only bring stronger southwest winds at the beginning of the week.
Behind, conditions are less easy with the high-pressure cells to drive between two head-to-head passages, but no major low-pressure system is expected for the next few days.
Thomas Ruyant aboard the «LinkedOut» is being pressured by Yannick Bestaven with the «Maître CoQ IV», although this afternoon he was 97 miles from the leader «Apivia»: “I am sailing on my broken foil and these are conditions where I miss it so much! But hey, that’s the way it is and it’s going to last until the end of the lap… I’m not complaining, but I’m losing about 20% of the boat’s potential on this starboard tack. In the breeze, it feels a little less, but under certain conditions like now, five more knots go up in smoke. There is still sea, but it is going in the right direction: the waves could make me leave so that the foil is efficient.
Tactically, I’m heading southeast to reposition myself against my competitors, but I don’t have much of a choice because I have a west wind at the moment! And we’re still going pretty fast to the East and jetlag is important: every day, we are jetlagged! You have to be able to keep up with the sun to sleep well … “.
Manuel Cousin has a significant crack in the hull of his ship “Groupe SÉTIN” where the port rudder is located. Taking advantage of a light wind, Cousin worked through the night to remove the rudder from its housing and make repairs. If all goes well you should resume your regatta as soon as possible: “The weather conditions in recent days have been severe. It was while checking the ship that I noticed this crack. I was lucky to have weather conditions that allowed me to repair tonight. You have to see the bright side! I may have lost some places, but I’m still in the race and that’s the most important thing ”.
Another that may be withdrawn is the «Newrest-Art & Fenêtres» due to problems with the second on-board computer: “I have big computer problems! I have a first computer that crashed on the first front after Cape Finisterre and I spent a long time trying to isolate the problem, but to no avail. And there, my second IT support is” HS “… It seems like a random failure and the situation is quite complicated for me. For the moment, I am stunned and take stock: I plan to continue” blindly “, that is, without Internet information, without weather file, with nothing, or stop in Cape Town ”.
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