It’s still light out there and probably very frustrating too as one has to really concentrate hard to get the moving well in light winds. Add the heat which always appears worse when its light, and there are likely to be some unhappy yachties in the middle of the South Atlantic.
The only boat to have possibly escaped the light conditions is Scarlet Runner which managed a 24-hour run of 219nm at an average speed of 9.13 knots. With just 341nm to go, she will be hoping for good winds through to the finish, and if she is lucky she may just battle in the closing 60 miles from Cabo Frio to Rio – a stretch that has undone many a good performance in the past.
The small and light Iskareen managed 160nm compared to her bigger rival, Privateer’s 152, and if I were the 2 guys aboard Privateer I would be very worried about Iskareen as she is doing remarkably well with just 1078nm left to finish.
The long range forecast does not look too promising as there is more light wind ahead. After a marginally better day with 111nm on the clock overnight, Yolo has dropped down a place in the overall standings to 8th.
Overall the top 6 places on handicap have not changed overnight, and with Privateer now having less than 1000nm to finish, the balance of the fleet probably have a long time left at sea. Remember we are coming up to day 14 (tomorrow, Saturday) and many were looking at 18 – 21 day passages – and others even longer!