Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Global Ocean Race fleet race upwind

by Oliver Dewar on 9 Apr 2012
A grey, upwind Easter in the South Atlantic - Global Ocean Race 2011-12 Financial Crisis
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet is approaching the end of their first week at sea in Leg 4 from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Charleston, USA.

The double-handed teams are racing upwind along the continental shelf of Brazil with the New Zealand-Australian team continuing to extend their lead on Akilaria RC2, Cessna Citation to 56 miles, while the three first generation Akilarias – Financial Crisis, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai – were spread over 37 miles at 15:00 GMT on Sunday with the Italian-Slovak duo of Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo squeezing fractionally higher speeds from Financial Crisis but unable to shake-off the South African and Dutch Class40s.

On Sunday afternoon GMT, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough with Cessna Citation continued to poll the best averages for almost 24 hours with Cape Frio 90 miles of the port beam and with Nannini and Frattaruolo 56 miles astern and both boats averaging just over seven knots. On board Financial Crisis in second place, there has been no break since the beginning of the leg in Punta del Este: 'Half the world is on holiday for a long Easter weekend, but for us it's been more wind and waves as we sail north-east hoping to soon reach the trade winds,' reported Marco Nannini on Sunday afternoon. 'Ahead of us the bottom corner of Brazil with Rio de Janeiro and a tangle of variable light winds to deal with.'

Following the passage of a front, the spell of downwind sailing was short-lived and the teams are now back on the most uncomfortable point of sail: 'In the space of half a day we went from sailing downwind to beating upwind again, progress has been very slow since, especially as we are pushing against the unfavourable Brazil Current which runs from north to south decreasing our speed by nearly a knot,' Nannini confirms. 'We have another two-to-three days of light variable winds ahead which can bring mixed fortunes to each boat,' he predicts. 'Our eyes are firmly set on the easterly trade winds a few days sailing ahead of us,' says Nannini of the band of breeze waiting at around 15S, 700 miles to the north. 'Once we manage to feel the gentle flow of their predictable air, we should start making fast progress towards the Equator and the Doldrums; another challenging part of the race.'

While Nannini and Frattaruolo have resisted attacks from the South African team on Phesheya-Racing, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire have been keeping a sharp eye on the Dutch duo of Nico Budel and Erik van Vuuren: 'I spotted Sec. Hayai on the horizon,' reports Hutton-Squire as the Dutchmen passed three miles astern on Saturday evening before the wind moved north. 'They passed behind us far in the distance,' she explains. 'The wind went forward of the beam and we changed to the Solent and now the wind is right on the nose again and we’re now struggling to make way under the full moon as the wind is so light.' At 15:00 GMT on Sunday, Phesheya-Racing trailed Financial Crisis by 20 miles with a lead of eight miles over Sec. Hayai.

Following the brief, relative luxury of sailing downwind, the constant grind of racing uphill is punishing: 'As we beat upwind again it amazes me how your body goes into defensive actions again,' admits Nick Leggatt. 'We’re holding onto everything and things are a bit slower on board. As soon as you ease the sheets and sail off the wind on a flat boat you have so much more energy and things are easy.'

The short range forecast for the double-handed Class40s is looking increasingly tricky with a large, empty, windless hole in the GRIB files blocking the route and while there’s a chance Cessna Citation may pass the area before the breeze vacuum arrives, the remaining three Class40s will be pushing as hard as they can to beat the light patch.

GOR leaderboard at 15:00 GMT 8/4/12
1. Cessna Citation DTF 4562 7.2kts
2. Financial Crisis DTL 56 7kts
3. Phesheya-Racing DTL 83 6.4kts
4. Sec. Hayai DTL 93 Global Ocean Race website

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Barz Optics - Kids rangeBakewell-White Yacht DesignSchaefer 2016 660x82