SPINDRIFT 2 ON THE DEPRESSION FRONT
The Spindrift 2 crew have changed their sunglasses and shorts for polar fleeces and oilskins. Here we are at the front of the much sought-after low, heading south-east. Spindrift 2 has now been cruising at 31 knots for the last 24 hours, and hopes to maintain that pace until at least Thursday. The forecast for Wednesday should allow a change of route towards the south while maintaining the same pace. The Roaring Forties are drawing near, and there's no time to lose in reaching the Southern Ocean, where strong winds, huge waves and plummeting temperatures are the order of the day.
Helmsman-trimmer Xavier Revil, who is also in charge of life on board, has begun a full clean-up with some of the crew in preparation for the extreme conditions that lie ahead. Everyone is pitching in to ensure everything is ready before going surfing down the world's most legendary waves.
Day 10 – 16h30 GMT
27 miles ahead of the current record holder
Distance covered from the start: 5,964 miles
Average speed over 24 hours: 31 knots
BIG CLEANING DAY :
Anticyclones and the Doldrums
Questions from the pupils of the Vincent Van Gogh School in Baguer Morvan (France) - Teacher Karine Duprey
What is an anticyclone? Click here to see the answer.
WEATHER FORESCAT - JEAN-YVES BERNOT
Tuesday December 1st:
25-30 knots north-west winds, 30-35 knots this evening. Overcast with transient mist. Spindrift 2 is riding the front, hoping to maintain average speeds of 30-35 knots until Thursday, heading east-southeast.
Wednesday, December 2nd:
Similar conditions. Wind veering slightly north should allow a change of route towards the south while maintaining the same pace.
Thursday, December 3rd:
Critical day. Cold front will stay in the South Atlantic, so a new ride will be needed to reach the Indian Ocean. Enter the Roaring Forties in the evening. Things get (even more) serious.
OFFICIAL GAME - VIRTUAL REGATTA 'JULES VERNE TROPHY '
The tension is mounting
The tension is mounting on the Jules Verne Trophy where Spindrift 2 is still on record pace and is even starting to accelerate after ten days of racing. On the virtual side, it is tight, everyone is trying to catch the cold front to get round the St Helena High more easily.
The famous anticyclone is once again a huge hurdle, but on the approach to 40º South, the first to the depression could quickly open up a nice gap.