Sunday, February 10, 2008

42 knots of wind...

View from Paprec-Virbac 2
"We have 38 to 42 knots of wind, a cargo ship 300 metres away and big waves. The boat is really slamming. It's quite dangerous," was the brief description of conditions on Friday from a noticeably tense Jean-Pierre.
Behind the leading boat, Hugo Boss is now facing the same horrible conditions on the approach to Gibraltar. Winds are in excess of 35 knots and the wave conditions are truly heinous. Not too surprisingly, it hasn't been easy to make contact with them over the past few days. But on Friday, skipper Alex Thomson had an idea of what lay ahead:
"It's going to be upwind all the way to Gibraltar really and with increasing breeze as we get there. It could be pretty nasty as the wind funnels through the Strait."
Click here to see video on conditions