sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai sails through strings of seaweed
Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai sails through strings of seaweed

'Yvonne Beusker and Erik van Vuuren take Sec. Hayai across the Equator - Global Ocean Race 2011-12'    Sec. Hayai
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet are on their 18th day at sea in Leg 4 from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Charleston, USA.

The majority of the Class40s are now the furthest offshore since the start of this leg as Cessna Citation leads the fleet towards the Caribbean’s Windward Islands in the North-East Trade Winds.

In fourth place, Erik van Vuuren and new co-skipper, Yvonne Beusker, have slowed slightly since Sec. Hayai restarted racing from Fortaleza on Wednesday night after disembarking Nico Budel and, having crossed the Equator at 03:00 GMT on Friday morning, the duo have encountered adverse current and rafts of weed 450 miles off the mouth of the River Amazon.

Leading the fleet, 750 miles north of Sec. Hayai on Friday afternoon, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough on Cessna Citation averaged just under 12 knots for most of Friday, slowing fractionally at 15:00 GMT on Friday, but still increasing their lead to 389 miles. In second and third place, Financial Crisis and Phesheya-Racing are separated by 145 miles – another 40-mile gain for the Italian-Slovak duo in the past 24 hours - as the two Class40s settle in to the trade winds.

Since crossing the Equator on Wednesday and clearing the Doldrums, Financial Crisis has picked up speed from six knots to a steady nine-ten knots: 'We’ve got around 20 knots from our starboard side and the unexpected, adverse current that we had all experienced after the Equator comes and goes and we still see no sign of the favourable Guiana Current that should be helping us along the way,' reported Nannini on Friday morning.

In the spring, the Guiana Current can extend to around 300 miles offshore, but is strongest along the edge of the continental shelf, while Nannini and Frattaruolo are 400 miles off the coast of French Guiana and subject to the limbs and meanders extending from the current’s offshore edge. Furthermore, freshwater anomalies from the Amazon’s outflow can create lobes stretching for 300km across the north-westerly flowing current.

Nonetheless, the Italian-Slovak duo are rolling north: 'I guess if sailing around the world was as easy as the last few hundred miles, no one would bother doing it,' reasons Nannini. 'A donkey on tranquilizers could steer through these waters, but as usual the sea is not without its perils,' he warns as a small fishing boat appeared dead ahead of Financial Crisis 400 miles off the Amazon: 'We had to change course to avoid it and luckily we’re still keeping a continuous radar lookout so once the target was identified - a little blip on the screen - avoiding it was no problem, but a little distraction could easily spoilt the party.'

South of Nannini and Frattaruolo by 367 miles on Friday afternoon, Van Vuuren and Beusker are very relieved to leave Brazil in their wake: 'The well-known red tape of the authorities in Fortaleza was an interesting experience,' confirmed Erik van Vuuren on Friday afternoon as the Dutch duo recover from Brazilian customs’ multiple choice paperwork. 'What boxes do you tick for a sailing vessel amidst all the cargo ships; exchanging an existing crewmember with new crew; no intention to stay in beautiful Fortaleza and then taking off asap, to name a few of the pitfalls,' he recalls.

Although Friday morning was a landmark for Van Vuuren and Beusker, there was no party on board Sec. Hayai: 'As we’ve been working hard to get going, we were actually too tired to celebrate our first Equator crossing together,' Van Vuuren explains, but progress is positive: 'Speed is good, about ten to 11 knots, but like Phesheya, we’ve experienced a strong current of two knots which is not exactly cooperating with us,' he adds. 'The wind, though, is not letting us down, so far, but we’re sailing through islands and strings of seaweed which means continuous checking and getting rid of it from the rudders and keel.'

North of Sec. Hayai by 174 miles, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire had been wondering why Phesheya-Racing felt so sluggish as Sargasso weed in the nutrient-rich waters off the Amazon’s mouth claimed another victim: 'Cessna Citation had mentioned sailing through this weed a couple of days ago, but we were still somewhat surprised by the quantity,' admitted Phillippa Hutton-Squire early on Friday. 'All day long we wove our way through the stuff which is unavoidable as it drifts in long lines aligned with the wind and so every few hours we would turn up into the wind a haul another large chunk off the rudders.'

To add to the hardship on board, the South Africans had to deal with endless squalls: 'All day long the wind shifted and gusted or died faster than we could trim or change sails and the boat never seemed to be ‘in the groove’ and sailing happily,' reports Hutton-Squire. 'We’ve had some frustrating days during this race, but today really seemed to take the cake!' she fumes. However, conditions soon improved: 'At around 15:00 Z, the log indicated that we’d sailed about 2,870 miles from Punta del Este while the GPS indicated 2,870 miles remaining to Charleston so, psychologically at least, we are now starting the final run in and as our mood lifted with that news, the weather began to change too.'

One final rain squall pelted Phesheya-Racing before the wind began to freshen from the north-east: 'By then the A4 spinnaker had been packed away and the Solent jib started to power us onto a beam reach,' confirms Hutton-Squire. 'For the past few hours the sky has generally been clear and the wind steady at 15 to 20 knots, but with the occasional passing squall gusting over 20. The squalls now have a different character, not the towering, threatening cumulonimbus monsters, but now they are fast moving and localised.'

GOR leaderboard at 15:00 GMT 20/4/12:
1. Cessna Citation DTF 2085 9.7kts
2. Financial Crisis DTL 389 9.9kts
3. Phesheya-Racing DTL 545 9.9kts
4. Sec. Hayai DTL 756 8.2kts

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=96305

4:17 PM Fri 20 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:

20 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race Class40 Sec. Hayai restarts racing from Fortaleza
19 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race Leg 4 - Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina to host
18 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation tangles with Sargasso seaweed
17 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race - Financial Crisis through sailing gate
16 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation through Brazil scoring gate
15 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race - Drag race to Celox Sailing Scoring Gate
14 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race Class40s make good progress
13 Apr 2012  Global Ocean Race fleet find stable breeze
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
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World











America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ












Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   


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.
X6XL VIR US