At sea. Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race: Cardiff Clipper still storming away
Thursday, 13 April 2006
Russ Jefferys & Catherine Green:
Whilst everyone tucks into Easter eggs back home, the fleet continue their ride on the back of the favourable “Black stream” (otherwise known as the Kuroshio Current) along the south coast of Japan. Sea temperatures continue to increase providing the positive indication to the boats that they remain in this current - it is now just a case of trying to stay in it and avoid any back eddys!
Although good distances were achieved yesterday afternoon, the fleet slowed considerably overnight as the wind dropped off and remained elusive until early this morning, when a frontal system came through and made its presence well and truly known. The steady 15knot N-NNE wind currently reported is set to increase while backing slightly, to provide good reaching conditions for the rest of the day. The weather map shows the development of a low pressure system off to the south east of Japan, which will continue to fill and progress eastwards slowly over the next couple of days.
Cardiff continues to storm away from the fleet and has carved a healthy lead out over Durban and Victoria, who remain in 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. The majority of the fleet are just behind and concentrated over a 20 square mile area, while westernaustralia.com remains in deeper water to the south of the fleet. But with over 4,000 miles to go, it is still anyone’s race.
Frantic sewing continues to dominate the time for the crew of westernaustralia.com, as they try to piece back together the jigsaw puzzle which was their medium weight kite (now renamed “Holey Mary”), after a spectacular blow-out a couple of days ago.
Happy Easter to all crew and supporters
Positions at 0400 GMT
Pos - Boat Name - DTF – DTL
1 Cardiff- 4318 – 0
2 Durban – 4382 – 64
3 Victoria – 4395 – 77
4 Jersey – 4413 – 95
5 Qingdao – 4416 – 98
6 Glasgow – 4420 – 102
7 Liverpool – 4420 – 102
8 New York – 4426 – 108
9 Singapore – 4429 – 111
10 westernaustralia.com – 4450 – 132
Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 April 2006 )