Passage times at Cape of Good Hope
Monday, November 30
1- Charlie Dalin, Apivia at 11:11 pm UTC (December 1, 12:11 am HF): after 22d 09h 51min of race
Tuesday December 1
2- Thomas Ruyant, LinkedOut at 13:41 UTC (14:41 HF): 14h 30min after the leader
3- Louis Burton, Bureau Vallée 2 at 5:51 p.m. UTC (6:51 p.m. HF): 18hrs 40 min after the leader
Wednesday 2 December
4-Sébastien Simon, ARKEA PAPREC at 02:30 UTC (03:30 HF): 1d 03h 19min after the leader
5- Boris Herrmann, Seaexplorer – Yacht Club De Monaco at 03:35 UTC (04:35 HF): 1d 04h 24min after the leader
6- Jean Le Cam, Yes We Cam! at 04:52 UTC (05:52 HF): 1d 05h 41min after the leader
Weather analysis with Christian Dumard
With Charlie Dalin (Apivia) taking advantage of a brief period of calm, those who pursue him navigate the second low pressure system and the complicated Agulhas current.
It is Charlie Dalin’s turn to take advantage of the more favorable conditions aboard the Apivia before the second low with NW winds of 20-25 knots. Those immediately behind him already have to deal with much harsher conditions.
It is Louis Burton who will be in the harshest conditions today with 35 knots of wind in gusts of 45 knots whipping 7m of high seas tonight as he makes his way along the edge of the Ice Exclusion Zone. Bureau Vallée 2 has taken the shortest route, but also the most demanding. Today he consolidated his third place in the ranking (without taking into account the reparation that will be given to the bosses who were involved in the rescue of Kevin Escoffier.
In addition to dealing with the low pressure system, the group closest to South Africa must also deal with the complexities of the Agulhas current. Some may have planned to avoid it from the south, but due to their course change to come to the aid of Kevin Escoffier (PRB), who was north of their route, they are now much further north than planned. They will have to devise a new strategy and deal as best they can with the current one.
L’Occitane en Provence (Armel Tripon) continues to navigate at high speeds before a low that arrives from Brazil. St. Helena High seems to be kinder to Armel Tripon this morning and may allow him to move along a narrow windy corridor on the edge of the Ice Exclusion Zone. This should allow you to bridge the gap with the leaders of the fleet.
The high-speed route in the Southern Ocean with a series of low-pressure systems is well established for the first twenty ships. The final ships are expected to arrive here before the end of the week.