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

 

Sail-World.com : Global Ocean Race fleet stalked by low pressure system

Global Ocean Race fleet stalked by low pressure system

'Sam Goodchild catches a white one mid-sail change as speeds increase for the fleet leaders - Global Ocean Race 2011-12'    Cessna Citation
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet continue to face the Southern Ocean weather system during leg two from Cape Town to Wellington.

As the low pressure system stalking the double-handed, Class40 fleet continues to rumble east across the Roaring Forties, it has left the two westerly boats, Financial Crisis and Phesheya-Racing, battered and bruised before moving on to give Campagne de France a hammering. On Thursday morning, the two leading boats, Cessna Citation and BSL, reached the western end of the GOR’s Australian Ice Limit at 45S, turning round the virtual mark before the heavy breeze arrived, immediately freeing off and accelerating dramatically in the building north-westerly wind ahead of the Southern Ocean depression.

At 15:00 GMT on Thursday, Financial Crisis in fourth place was making good progress, leading Phesheya-Racing by 79 miles and separated from the leaders by just over 900 miles, but the effects of the storm were heavily imprinted on Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon: 'Sailing through the stormy conditions of yesterday and the day before was wet, tiring, cold and uncomfortable,' confirms the 33 year-old Italian skipper, Marco Nannini. 'We went down to storm jib and three reefs in the mainsail and beat for hours on end in 35-40 knots with gusts to 45. Through the worst of the winds, when it was blowing solid 40 knots under a rainy sky the colour of lead and charcoal, rain drops would hit your face with such violence they hurt; they hurt your eyeballs when you tried to look forward and any trip to the cockpit involved a total soaking.'

Conditions were worsened by the Akilaria frequently becoming airborne: 'The sea state was horrendous as for some reason we keep coming across random surface currents,' Nannini continues. 'Sometimes in favour, sometimes against of up to two knots and in the high winds, these currents contributed to stirring a very nasty sea with cross waves and no apparent pattern or sense,' he reports. 'Occasionally, the boat would climb a wave from nowhere at right angles and fall from the top into a trough with the loudest of crashes.' With nerves jangling from the repetitive and violent slamming, Nannini and Ramon were on high alert for disaster: 'I kept checking the floor and keel box for any signs of damage, maybe I was being paranoid, but with the closest piece of land nearly 2,000 miles away you tend to worry about these things…'

Early on Thursday, the storm jib was replaced by the staysail and a reef was shaken out. 'Then it was time for the Solent and now, finally, we’re flying our smallest spinnaker, the A5, and the spirits are definitely much higher although both Hugo and I are tired, the stormy conditions take their toll,' reports Nannini. Averaging 10.9 knots on Thursday afternoon with 4,000 miles of leg two remaining, progress is again being made. 'The computer has recalculated the expected date of arrival in Wellington and instead of some crazy date six months in the future, we finally show arriving in the early days of January - fingers crossed, that’s what will happen.'

Separated by around 50 miles at the height of the gale, Nannini and Ramon and the South African duo of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Phesheya-Racing shared similar, horrific conditions. For Leggatt and Hutton-Squire, two crash gybes in quick succession signalled it was time to dramatically reduce sail: 'We went galloping down a wave at full tilt and got side swiped by a monster of a wave and crash gybed!' reported Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Thursday morning. The duo hove-to to assess any damage. 'We were very lucky and everything was OK, but we decided it was time for a reef in the stay sail, so I took the helm and sailed deep down the monster waves while Nick put the reef in.' Despite two reefs in the mainsail and a reefed staysail, Phesheya-Racing was still flying at between ten and 12 knots: 'I wanted to slow the boat as much as possible and keep the boat dry as we took off down the waves at incredible speed.' Fairly quickly, the call was made for another reef in the main: 'I never really thought we would use the third reef,' says Hutton-Squire. 'Even with the wind aft of the beam it was definitely needed as it was too wet and cold to sit there and drive.'

With Phesheya-Racing out of danger and back on track, Nick Leggatt has been assessing the weather ahead: 'So far, the weather forecast for the week ahead is finally starting to look like a typical Southern Ocean pattern - whatever that might be!' notes Leggatt. 'There appear to be a succession of cold fronts moving in from the west, towards the east, which will bring a rapid succession of strong winds and rain followed by lighter bits between the fronts,' he predicts. 'So, some good running and reaching conditions to make a change from the beating we had to endure over the last couple of days.' At 15:00 GMT on Wednesday, Phesheya-Racing was making 7.8 knots, running on starboard gybe in heavy breeze. 'Down here, we have to keep racing no matter what the conditions are, but the most pleasant conditions - if you can use that phrase - are in the relatively steady N or NW winds ahead of the cold fronts,' continues Leggatt. 'As far as we are concerned, the ideal is about 18 knots of breeze and a moderate sea so that we make good, steady progress without undue risk to anything.'

While the co-skippers on Financial Crisis and Phesheya-Racing changed from holding on with both hands to using just one hand, 640 miles to the east, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron in third place on Campagne de France were bracing themselves: 'The calm patch is far behind us and as the wind starts to build with the low pressure system chasing us,' reported Halvard Mabire on Thursday morning. 'The barometer is in free fall to such an extent that we should really offer the poor machine a parachute!' Early on Thursday, speeds on the Franco-British team’s Pogo 40S² leapt to 12-knot averages. 'The wind is coming from the port side and the conditions are becoming increasingly muscular,' adds Mabire. 'The boat rebounds on waves and bangs very hard - sometimes we’re going just too fast and the bow burrows into the sea and the back end lifts clear of the water, but we have it under control,' he says reassuringly. 'The wind oscillates between 25 and 30 knots, whereas the famous weather files are giving us 20 knots,' Mabire observes. 'What’s it going to be like when the files give us 35 knots? Probably 40 to 50?' This inaccuracy is a bête noire for the French skipper: 'The wind files always underestimate reality and it’s something I’ve always noticed over the years,' he notes. 'I’ll say it again, but why can’t the egghead geniuses who make these computer programmes get it right?' Despite the weather files, Mabire and Merron were making over-12 knot averages on Thursday, slowing slightly to 10.4 knots at 15:00 GMT, trailing second-placed BSL by 224 miles on with 170 miles remaining to the Australian Ice Limit.

At the head of the fleet with Cessna Citation, Conrad Colman and Artemis Offshore Academy sailor, Sam Goodchild reached the western end of the GOR’s Australian Ice Limit at 08:30 GMT on Thursday as the north-westerly breeze ahead of the low pressure system built towards 30 knots. As is habitual with the New Zealand-British duo, the foot was firmly planted on the floor and speed averages increased to over 13 knots as Cessna Citation freed off and sped along the ice limit at 45S, building to a staggering 16 knots by 15:00 GMT. On BSL, Ross and Campbell Field squeezed round the virtual mark just over four hours later and set off in hot pursuit. In a blog sent to Year 6 at the Brockenhurst Primary School in Hampshire, UK, Campbell Field gives an insight into the current conditions just above 45S: 'Every day seems pretty much the same at the moment,' he writes. 'We take turns to sleep for two hours at a time and stand a watch for about three hours. Sometimes, if the weather is rough or we have a lot of sail changes, we might only get a few hours of sleep a day,' explains Campbell. 'Sleep is precious, so as soon as it is your turn to get into the sleeping bag, you don’t muck around, just take off your foulies and boots and get straight into the sleeping bag. We sleep in our thermal gear - so for me I have had the same clothes on for the last 15 days, and will have the same on for the next 15. It does get a bit smelly - especially the socks - but there is no-one around to complain.'

In the 15:00 GMT position on Thursday, BSL was averaging over 13 knots, trailing Cessna Citation by 58 miles and ripping east just three miles above the ice limit. 'We are constantly monitoring our speed and the weather to keep the boat sailing at 110 per cent,' Campbell Field assures Year 6. 'Always doing little jobs whether it is studying the weather, repairing something or just checking stuff to make sure that we don’t have a breakdown. So, we are always busy.'

GOR leg two leaderboard at 15:00 GMT 15/12/2011:
1. Cessna Citation: DTF 3,108 16kts
2. BSL: DTL 58 13.3kts
3. Campagne de France: DTL 282 10.4kts
4. Financial Crisis: DTL 924 10.9kts
5. Phesheya-Racing: DTL 1,003 7.8kts

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=91911

6:05 PM Thu 15 Dec 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

2014 12 Metre North American Championships - Two days of a northerly (first strong, then light) and one day of a building southwesterly put six 12 Metre yachts to the test at their North American Championships, which were held off Newport, R.I. over September 26-28. Gunther Buerman’s (Newport, R.I.) KZ-3 and Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla.) Victory ’83 defended their titles ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing ... [more]  

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Don’t forget to enter the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne. There are only two days left to take advantage of the discounted entry price offer. ... [more]  

After Gmunden, Austria, in 2011 and Cala de' Medici, Italy, in 2012 and after a pained second place, same points with the Portogues 'Credite Egs' in Portosin, Spain, last year, the Italian crew coming from Puglia 'Euz II Monella Vagabonda', with Sandro Montefusco at the helm and his brother Paolo as a tactician, confirms for the third time the Platu 25 World Championship title. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was on deck for the first day of competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on site for day one of racing at the 2014 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

The final day of the 2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship ended up being a half day of sailing due to a complete shutdown of the wind. However, the fleet completed enough races to count Gold Round Robin 3 and crown Ladies and Gentlemen as the back-to-back Team Racing Champions. ... [more]  

Michigan, the Great Lakes State, was a fitting location as The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) gathered for the fourth time in the organization’s history to fulfill its mission to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published guidelines for candidates bidding to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship. Bids to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds must be received by Friday 24 October 2014. ... [more]  

The onboard medic-sailors competing in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race have completed their last medical training. More than a basic first aid refresher course, the mandatory medical training each Volvo Ocean Race team had to carry out in the last few months and days are key to survival while at sea. ... [more]  

Erik Simonson was on the water at 2014 Melges 20 Pacific Coast Championship to capture these images. ... [more]  

2014 J/105 North American Championship - Light air ruled the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada—and so did Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin on Mandate. ... [more]  

The Extreme Sailing Series event in Istanbul seems to have only just finished, but already the containers are in the Ville de Nice set to gear up for this weeks penultimate regatta. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are back onboard this week, fresh from their 49er World Championship win and looking to make it two wins from two events for Emirates Team New Zealand on the ?Extreme Sailing Series ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - In Sunday’s final matches in the Buddy Melges Challenge, Stephanie Roble and Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen showed the crowds on the bluffs of Lake Michigan how top class match racing should be sailed. It took five absolutely thrilling matches for the Danish crew to secure their first WIM Series event victory since last summer’s Danish Open. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Oracle Team USA's winning AC72 takes to the streets of San Francisco, one year on from the Team's successful Defence of the America's Cup. This week the AC72 catamaran Oracle Team USA raced to victory is going to be a special guest at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. ... [more]  

Matches between the world’s top two match racing skippers are always aggressive affairs on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). In the pre-start of the first match, Canfield stuck two penalties on Williams, leaving the British boat playing catch-up. ... [more]  

Pantaenius, the world’s leading specialist yacht insurance company, has been at the forefront of yacht insurance for more than 40 years, earning a reputation for transparency and commitment to customer service that provides round-the-clock international support and reliable, speedy claims settlement. ... [more]  

What a great day for kiting at Kite Foil Gold Cup Australia 2014! 10-15 knot North Easterly and slight seas. Kites zooming around like supersonic mosquitoes but mosquitoes buzz whereas foiling kites are completely silent! ... [more]  

At the time that we are writing this, it is almost exactly a week since the first race took place at Wakatere Boating Club in New Zealand, followed by hundreds of races across the globe that we have been told attracted record numbers of sailors to your clubs ... [more]  

2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - It was a picturesque day on Marblehead Harbor with plenty of sunshine for the second day of the U.S. Team Racing Championship. Once again, a lack of consistent breeze made for a challenging day for the Race Committee, umpires and competitors. Nevertheless, PRO Susie Schneider and her team were able to complete Round Robin One ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Saturday’s racing in the Buddy Melges Challenge on Lake Michigan, USA, saw more breeze than ever before during the week. Stephanie Roble used her local knowledge to show a clean sheet for the day, going in to Sunday’s conclusion with a one – zero lead over Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen in the final, sailed as a best of five match series. ... [more]  

2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - A balanced field and limited racing usually leads to close races and a crowded leaderboard. This was the situation on Eagle Mountain Lake for the last day at the U.S. Adult Championship, hosted by Fort Worth Boat Club. ... [more]  

2014 J/105 North American Championship - Five races are now in the books, and just three points separate the top three teams at the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at the 36th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai, and provided this gallery of images of the classics racing off Cannes. ... [more]  

Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai: Cannes at its best by Eugenia Bakunova, www.mainsail.ru
The 36th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai drew to a close on Saturday. Photographer Eugenia Bakunova was on the water at the 36th edition of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai, and provided this second gallery of images of the classics racing off Cannes. ... [more]  

David Gilmour was the only skipper to keep a clean sheet in today’s light-air action at the Dutch Match Cup in Lelystad. Team Gilmour swept aside their fellow Western Australians in a 3-0 Quarter Final against Keith Swinton and Team Alpari FX. The young Aussies then took the first match of their Semi-Final against the reigning ISAF World Champions, Taylor Canfield and US One. ... [more]  

Ian Williams and his GAC Pindar crew responded to a challenging qualifying session on Friday in Lelystad, to win a tense quarter-final against Phil Robertson (WAKA Racing), 3-2 and book a fifth consecutive semi-final in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour at the Dutch Match Cup. ... [more]  

The 44th Hobie 16 North American championships concluded on Friday with Jason Hess and Irene Abascal from Club Los Sauces, Guatemala taking the title. Mark and Grace Modderman from Long Branch, New Jersey followed in seond place and Pedro Colon and Monica Cabrera from Puerto Rico in third winning the tie break over Dan Borg and Liana Giovana from Canada. ... [more]  

The seven One Design VOR 65s were built by a consortium led by Green Marine in the UK. The first of those for the Team SCA women wad delivered in October 2013, the last was supplied to Team Vestas Wind in August 2014. ... [more]  

Over the last year we have interviewed Knut Frostad, the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race four times, at times the stress has shown but yesterday just eleven days before the start of the 2014-2015 Race, he was like a different person, when we met with him again, at Volvo Ocean race headquarters portside in Alicante ... [more]  

NBC Sports Network, which was critically acclaimed for its 2013 coverage of the 34th America’s Cup, has signed on to provide full broadcast coverage in the U.S. of the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s premier offshore sailing race. Outside Television will also air complete TV programming – in addition to full digital coverage – of the nine-month long race from October 2014-June 20 ... [more]  

2014 J/24 World Championship - With just a few points between Will Welles Cougar (USA) and Mauricio Santa Cruz Bruschetta (BRA) there was no room for error in the final two races of the 2014 J/24 World Championship hosted by Sail Newport. ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Friday’s racing offered even less breeze than the previous days of the Buddy Melges Challenge. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen won all her four matches of the day, to win the round-robin stage and secure her slot in the semi finals. ... [more]  

2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 3
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 1 + Video
America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue
Byte CII World Sailing Championship comes to Royal Varuna, Thailand
Dutch Match Cup: Canfield wins Qualifying, six set for Quarters battle
12 Metre North Americans - A blast from the America’s Cup past
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup qualification system published
Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre named as Spanish team sponsor + Video
Extreme Sailing Series returns to Nice for the penultimate Act of 2014
ISAF invites bids for 2016 Women's Match Racing World Championship
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne - Teaming up
Mascalzone Latino Jr. named 2014 Melges 20 European Ranking Champion
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre keeps winning in Sheboygan
Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier - Day 4
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 2
J/105 North Americans - Wilmer and McLaughlin master light conditions
J/24 World Championship - Will Welles hangs on going into last day
Open 2.4mR World Championship on the horizon
Bart's Bash - Top photographers gain special entry
Platu 25 Worlds - EUZ II Monella Vagabonda is still leading in France
St. Barth Cata Cup - Olympic duel on the island   
Dutch Match Cup - High winds and big wipeouts in Lelystad   
Route du Rhum - Yann Guichard to sail Spindrift 2 solo   
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image - Best sailing photo of the year sought   
Volvo Ocean Race - Yann Riou, getting you up close and personal   
Marseille One Design concludes GC32 racing season + Video   
World Yacht Racing Forum - Seventh edition to take place in Barcelona   
Record number of entries for the Sailing Champions League   
Platu 25 World Championship - Euz II Monella Vagabonda still leading   
Rolex Middle Sea Race Record - A possibility for Esimit Europa 2   
Richmond Yacht Club's International 14 Nationals: Return of 14 footers   
Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre leading, undefeated, in Sheboygan   
2014 J/24 World Championship - Will Welles holds advantage   
Etchells Lobster Bowl Regatta - Rob Hitchcock overall winner   
US Wabbit Nationals at Richmond YC   
YCs of Long Beach Charity Regatta - Local area sailors turn out   
U.S. Team Racing Championship to serve as Qualifier for ISAF Worlds   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Final - Champions confirm Abu Dhabi attendance   
Dutch Match Cup - Top three keep perfect score   
Second Star Sailors League grand finale to take place in Nassau   


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