Monday, January 5, 2009

Fast sailing in the Southern Ocean

Spray flying on Beluga Racer -

It’s been a busy 48 hours aboard the leading yachts in the Portimão Global Ocean Race as they approach the longitude of western Australia. The two leading double-handers, Beluga Racer and Desafio Cabo de Hornos, are both sailing well above the Ice Gate while Team Mowgli is approaching the waypoint that marks the western end of mandatory gate. All the yachts have to remain north of the Ice Gate, a line of latitude running from 105 degrees east to 120 degrees east, in order to avoid a known area of icebergs and growlers. The wind has been howling and the average speeds remain well into the teens. - Read more @