sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Global Ocean Race fleet find stable breeze
Global Ocean Race fleet find stable breeze

'Nico Budel checks the wiring in the aft compartment on Sec Hayai - Global Ocean Race 2011-12'    Sec. Hayai
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) Class40s have found relatively stable breeze, after ten days at sea, and the race is on to the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate off Natal on the coast of Brazil.

GOR leader, Cessna Citation, dug into the easterly breeze early on Wednesday morning and around 24 hours later, Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo in second place on Financial Crisis began to pick-up speed at midnight Wednesday/Thursday, followed by Phesheya-Racing in third and Sec. Hayai in fourth approximately four hours later.

For Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough on Cessna Citation, the early break into the easterlies has seen their lead grow dramatically by 60 miles in the past 24 hours and they now hold a lead of 191 miles over the chasing pack. Nannini and Frattaruolo have also extended their lead over Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire on Phesheya-Racing with a 67-mile lead over the South African duo and the Dutch team on Sec. Hayai have dropped back four miles in 24 hours, trailing Leggatt and Hutton-Squire by 34 miles on Thursday afternoon.

While speeds have increased, three of the teams have been working hard to overcome potentially disastrous technical problems. On Cessna Citation, the Kiwi-Australian team had almost given up hope of repairing their hydrogenerator, which is lowered into the water from the transom for fuel-free battery charging, and a stop on the Brazilian coast and bunkering extra diesel to compensate for the loss of charging capability was firmly on the cards.

With the vital unit failing shortly after the Leg 4 start in Punta del Este, it has been a stressful period on board: 'For nearly a week now we’ve been hand-steering almost all the time and turning off all electrical devices except the GPS and wind instruments,' explained Colman on Thursday morning. 'While the technicians at Watt & Sea rightly enjoyed their Easter weekend, I was chewing off my fingers nails while stressing about whether we would have enough diesel to run the engine to charge the batteries and make water with the desalinator.'

However, support from the hydrogenerator’s manufacturers was thorough: 'After a couple of days of back and forth with Watt & Sea, our unit had failed all diagnostic tests and we'd given up hope of producing green energy on the ocean blue and had resigned ourselves to a diesel pit stop and the associated penalty from the race committee.' Fortunately, while helming through the night, Colman saw the light and a stop and time penalty of between 24-76 hours was avoided: 'I had a flash of inspiration and discovered that we’d made some assumptions during the tests that had given us a false negative,' he explains. It transpires that the unit’s propeller was slipping on the shaft. 'The generator still works and we are charging again; our mood has lifted, the sun is shining and all is well in the world!' adds Colman.

Meanwhile, 290 miles south of Cessna Citation in fourth place, Nico Budel and Erik van Vuuren have been fighting with weather information problems on board Sec. Hayai: 'It seems we finally managed to fix the software issue,' reported Van Vuuren late on Wednesday night. 'But do we finally get the desired GRIBs?' he asks, having spent most of the day languishing at three or four knots. 'So far, this tells us a good bedtime story for the night: it looks like we could be picking up a sea breeze off the coast where we are.'

Even though the problems on board Sec. Hayai were resolved, progress was abruptly halted. 'So, when we finally had everything fixed, I felt a drag on the boat,' continues Van Vuuren. 'Oh no, not trash on the keel or rudder?' The 42 year-old Dutchman hung off the back of the boat to inspect the twin rudders. 'When I had a look, it seemed it was caused by a dolphin playing with the rudders, but are the dolphins on steroids around here or what? What do they feed them on? They’re huge animals causing this much drag, but what a great sight!'

In second place, 100 miles north of Sec. Hayai and 90 miles off the coast of Brazil, Marco Nannini and Serio Frattaruolo have been grappling with a couple of puzzling gremlins on Financial Crisis: 'We had a few issues with the NKE electronics suddenly losing the boat speed reading, then the compass reading, all mysteriously working again by simply powering off and on the system,' confirms Nannini. 'Another mysterious source of worry came from the primary alternator we rely on to charge the batteries,' he continues. 'For two consecutive days it seemed to have given up the ghost, only to wake up gingerly this morning and resume service as if nothing had ever happened!'

Meanwhile, in third place on South African Class40 Phesheya-Racing furthest offshore in the chasing pack, technical issues were replaced with frustration at the light or moderate breeze: 'Having sailed from the Roaring Forties and the Furious Fifties, we have now finished with the Tedious Twenties and are into the Terrible Teens with still not a hint of steady trade winds!' rumbled Nick Leggatt from 18S late on Wednesday night before digging into the new breeze. 'By lunch time the sun was scorching again and we were becalmed on a glassy sea,' he adds. 'Nothing much moved other than the banging and slatting of the sails and the occasional startled flying fish.'

Despite the breeze arriving and speeds building on Thursday, Leggatt and Hutton-Squire aren’t convinced that the route to the north is now clear: 'We’re not under any illusions that we’re into the trade winds proper, though, as even 75 miles offshore the wind patterns are disrupted and influenced by the intense heating and cooling of the tropical lands to the west of us,' he warns cautiously.

Whatever the case, speeds are currently remaining fairly stable, as Marco Nannini reports: 'This morning for the first time the winds held strong after sunrise and the sky is unmistakeably changed,' he observes. 'Little, white, fluffy clouds are scattered regularly around instead of massive cumulus formations typical of the unstable air masses of the last few days,' notes the Italian-Slovak skipper of Financial Crisis. 'I think we can now expect a drag race to the Doldrums where things could get shaken-up again,' he predicts. 'I may be wrong, so we'll certainly keep a watchful eye on the Dutch and the South Africans and try to cover our backs from a likely attack.'

GOR leaderboard 15:00 GMT 12/04/12:
1. Cessna Citation DTF 3897 9kts
2. Financial Crisis DTL 191 7.9kts
3. Phesheya-Racing DTL 259 6.8kts
4. Sec. Hayai DTL 292 4kts

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=95997

4:11 PM Thu 12 Apr 2012GMT


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:

12 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet get in touch with South East Trade Winds
11 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet negotiate light airs
10 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet pinned to the coast
09 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet race upwind
08 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet pick their way through windless bubbles
07 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation extends
05 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation leads the fleet
04 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet make steady but slow progress
03 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race Class40s Leg 4 + start Video
03 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race Leg 4 underway
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

























Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,










Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen


Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara
















J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe! by Stuart Johnstone, Cowes, Isle of Wight












2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins by Dobbs Davis, Detroit


Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations   
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead   
J/111 World Championships - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2   
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition   
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Champ - Day 3 images by Joy Dunigan   
Holt’s 25-year dream comes true with 505 Worlds Victor   
Emirates Team NZ: Collision puts an end to bid for a better day at ESS   
Extreme Sailing Series: Ben Ainslie Racing - mixed results on Day 2   
America's Cup: New brand and image partnership announced with SME   
Extreme Sailing: Tough and testing day on Cardiff Bay - Day 2 + Video   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 1   
2014 J/111 World Championship - Bigger breeze arrives on day 2!   


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