sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Global Ocean Race - Emerging from the Doldrums

Global Ocean Race - Emerging from the Doldrums

'Conrad Colman changes a spinnaker sheet'    Cessna Citation

The Global Ocean Race fleet are negotiating the Doldrums while the leaders are rapidly closing-up some 360 miles north of the equator. The remainder of the fleet are scurrying west in an attempt to avoid an area of light airs ballooning towards them from the southeast.

The Franco-British duo of Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron had a tortuous night on the fleet leader, Campagne de France, with speeds dropping to between two to four knots while the New Zealand father-and-son team of Ross and Campbell Field in second with BSL made double the speed of the leaders despite being less than 15 miles astern and closed down the distance deficit to just nine miles at dawn on Monday – the closest the two boats have been since sailing north of the Canary Islands ten days ago.

Conrad Colman and Hugo Ramon in third on Cessna Citation had a fast night on Sunday, digging into easterly breeze and gaining 11 miles on the leading pair of Class40s overnight, trailing BSL by 78 miles on Monday morning.

In fourth place, 330 miles south-west of the Cape Verde Islands and furthest east in the fleet, Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs on Financial Crisis dropped to three knots early on Monday morning losing 20 miles to Colman and Ramon overnight and with a more gentle descent towards the Doldrums, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Phesheya-Racing in fifth place dropped a handful of miles to the Dutch duo of Nico Budel and Ruud van Rijsewijk with Sec. Hayai as the two Class40s continue to head west and avoid the intense squalls and dead calms frustrating the leaders 430 miles to the south.

At dawn on Monday, Campagne de France picked up speed again with the averages climbing from five to eight knots in a handful hours and the onslaught from BSL was checked. On BSL, Ross Field was growing tired of the prevailing conditions: 'It has been real busy on board getting through these damn Doldrums,' he reported late on Sunday night. 'We have had nearly no sleep for the past 36 hours and very little food because we have been concentrating on getting every ounce of speed out of this old tub that hates light winds.' The New Zealand duo had encountered classic Doldrum-weather:

'We’ve had rain squalls, no wind, 30 knots of wind in which we were doing 18 knots, constant sail changes, steaming temperatures and it has paid off as we are now only a few miles behind my old mate Halvard.' Despite the hardship on board, spirits were high when the news of their country’s triumph over Argentina in the Rugby World Cup filtered out into the North Atlantic: 'With the All Blacks doing well, neither of us is complaining!' he added.

By midday on Monday, Conrad Colman and Hugo Ramon were 129 miles north of BSL and had consistently averaged the highest speed in the leading trio throughout the morning. Colman was already looking forward to the challenge of the Doldrums: 'The satellite images have shown that a path has cleared for us and we’re making max speed south before it closes up again,' he wrote from Cessna Citation early on Sunday evening.

A bright future in the Doldrums for Colman and Ramon -  Cessna Citation  
'While I’m excited by the dramatic squalls and the fight to come, I can’t cope with the soft northerlies and endless little, puffy shifts that have been plaguing our days and nights.'

By early afternoon, Cessna Citation was averaging a steady eight knots before dropping to five knots. 'This prolonged meteorological foreplay is all the more agonizing because the two leaders have clearly received the forecast easterly shift and are barreling south to where the clouds are parting as if before Moses.'

Despite being separated by 177 miles, speeds on Financial Crisis in fourth and Phesheya-Racing in fifth began to dwindle simultaneously in the very early hours of Monday morning. Having damaged their A2 spinnaker last week, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire were feeling the sail’s absence badly as the breeze softened: 'The wind has gradually been decreasing, as expected, and looking at the position reports it’s hopeful that our tactic of coming out west will be favourable, but with the lighter winds we are beginning to feel the loss of our A2,' reported Hutton-Squire on Monday.

'Our speeds using the smaller A4 in the lighter winds are only about 90 per cent of what we would normally expect, and sometimes even slower as the breeze decreases even more.' In frustration, the South African duo reassessed the damaged sail: 'The luff and leech are virtually completely separated with just the head patch and the foot line holding them together,' she confirms. 'Even if we had the repair kit for such extensive work, I doubt if we could finish the repair before we got to Cape Town!'

The route south for Nannini and Peggs - Global Ocean Race 2011-12 -  Finanical Crisis  

To guard against any further damage to the boat’s gear, precautions have been taken on board: 'In the light winds, with the sails slatting from side to side in the swell, chafe becomes an issue,' Hutton-Squire explains. 'So we have been carefully going around the boat every day and repairing, replacing or re-routing ropes to ensure that everything else on the boat continues to operate efficiently and effectively.' With the work completed, the South Africans have been searching for further distractions as the wind drops:

'One source of amusement on board is looking at the names of the ships that pass us,' she notes. 'Some of them are really funny or even bizarre. Yesterday, as we sat sweltering in 30 degree heat, a ship called the Ice Transporter steamed into view. Was it just a coincidence or some cruel cosmic joke? I guess we will never know.'

In the 15:00 GMT position poll on Monday, Campagne de France was making eight knots with BSL averaging an extra knot of speed with the deficit between the two Class40s becoming more stable at 12 miles with Cessna Citation just over 130 miles astern of the leading pair of boats, dropping back slightly as the breeze decreased. Following a slow patch in the morning, Nannini and Peggs were back up to speed making just over eight knots with Financial Crisis and hoping to reduce the 13 miles lost to Colman and Ramon since dawn. However, Nannini and Peggs aren’t relying on any favourable breeze or long term software predictions:

'We spent some time overlaying cloud satellite imagery with wind model predictions trying to figure out the easiest passage through the Doldrums,' says Nannini. 'But we have been caught out so many times in stronger or lighter winds than forecast that we have to play it one mile at a time.'

For the leading pair of Class40s, the south-easterly breeze should increase providing good conditions for the descent south-west to the Fastnet Marine Insurance Scoring Gate off the island of Fernando de Noronha currently 600 miles off the bow of Campagne de France. The forecast for Cessna Citation and Financial Crisis is less certain with the duo entering the Doldrums, but the two teams may find more stable easterly breeze early on Tuesday morning. Furthest west and separated by 30 miles at 15:00 GMT skirting the area of lightest breeze, Phesheya-Racing and Sec. Hayai should break out of the light airs into stronger north-easterly breeze late on Monday evening.

In the continuing series of GOR Offshore hygiene tips, Conrad Colman has rediscovered talcum powder: 'I am squeaky clean after a bucket shower today with Hugo’s foaming baby wash,' reveals Colman. 'This was followed by a quick fresh water rinse and a powder shower of talc,' he continues. 'To which I say, baby powder is totally underrated by those over the age of three years. It’s awesome. Clean fresh smell, super dry and silky smooth! What could possibly be better?'

It subsequently appears that the 27 year-old Kiwi is firmly in touch with his feminine side: 'Given my previous enthusiasm for cycling, and thus my hands-on experience with the wax versus razor debate when it comes to legs, and now my baby powder experiences, I can certainly be credited with broadening my horizons relative to the average male.' Colman also reveals an aggressive laundry technique: 'I did laundry by throwing my shorts over the side on a line, which, given their intensive use, was probably the only safe place for them!'

Global Ocean Race website




by Oliver Dewar

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=89476

9:22 PM Mon 10 Oct 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2011 -12 Global Ocean Race

Related News Stories:

18 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race - Final prizegiving in Les Sables d’Olonne
11 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai crosses Leg 5 finish
10 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race Class40 Phesheya-Racing cross Leg 5 finish
09 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race final two Class40s head to Leg 5 finish
09 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race - Chasing duo prepare for yet another gale
08 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis takes second overall
07 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race Class40 Cessna Citation cross Leg 5 finish
06 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race leader approaches Leg 5 finish
05 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race leaders count down final miles
04 Jun 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet sail through second gale
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World



ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets by Olga Maslivets, International RS:X Class Assoc.,






































470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification by 470 International Association Class,












A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,




ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,










470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Emerging Nations Program sailors shine
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Teasing winds play havoc on day 4
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Grounded fishing boat creates problems
Marseille One Design - GC32 Armin Strom Sailing Team emerge victorious
Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4
2014 Rolex Swan Cup - Eleventh-hour victories
Extreme Sailing Series - Kiwis clinch Act win in Istanbul + Video
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Two long races today for the J70 fleet
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Impressive to sail out of the Golden Gate
Extreme Sailing Series - Istanbul delivers four days of great racing
ISAF Sailing Worlds Santander - Day 3 images by Sail-World.com
Extreme Sailing Series: Emirates Team NZ bounces back for series win
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - Light winds and current test six classes
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid Day 3 for US Sailing Team
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 3 images by Jesus Renedo
Marseille One Design 2014 - GC32 Armin Strom blitzes final day   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Una Etapa 0 complicada para todos   
Santander 49ers: Olympic Gold Medallist says two into 90 does not go!! *Feature   
GBR aiming for first ever Nacra 17 Games berth at Santander Worlds   
Volvo Ocean Race: Man and sail overboard as Leg 0 serves up drama   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 – Images by Dan Ibsen   
Santander Worlds – already a spectator success   
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme   
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again   
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 2 images from Sail-World.com   
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video   
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up   
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown   
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT