WEATHER FORECAST - Jean-Yves Bernot
December 3rd 2015 :
The boat and her crew worked really hard overnight to remain ahead of the fast-moving front: 30-knot NNW wind in a band of several miles east of the front, which we have been watching like a hawk.
As a result, we can be a little more relaxed about passing below the anticyclone which will fill up to the south of Africa tonight and throughout Friday, even if we still have to be careful.
What lies ahead looks a little chilly: lively westerlies from the Indian Ocean are only detectible south of 51 S and we’ll have to go after them.
That’s why we’ve been in close discussions with people from the CLS*, who track icebergs with satellite radar images. How far south will we dare to go?
Secondary lows and other pleasures descending from Madagascar can wait until next week. The Indian Ocean is in great shape.
REVIEW SPINDRIFT 2 LIVE VIDEO WITH ALAIN PROST
MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD - Well set at the head of the front
In the race between Spindrift 2 and the famous front with which it has been surfing for more than 48 hours, the weather files were saying Spindrift 2 was losing. The skipper and his navigator had a plan B, and began to seriously consider it when, last night, we found ourselves in a strengthening and heading wind. The sky darkened, a squall line appeared on the horizon, and the temperature suddenly dropped. The line of convergence was there, just behind the boat. Behind this line, there was some cold wind on a different angle, which would have condemned Spindrift 2 to gybe.
But conversely, this saving header wind allowed us to dive south and accelerate. The race is on. The helmsmen are taking turns and stringing together astonishing averages. 39, 40, and up to 41kts of average speed over 10 minutes. After two to three hours of furious racing, we seem to have won the game. The speed of the front slowed and it is now behind Spindrift 2, and will remain there, for the next few hours. So, Yann Guichard decided to calm things down. The J1 gave way to the J2, and the speed has stabilised at around 35 knots. The distance posted over the last 24 hours is 816 miles.
Start of day 12 at 06:30 GMT
42 18.4 S et 6 10.53 E
8 miles ahead of the record holder, Banque Populaire V
Distance covered from the start: 7 281 miles
Distance traveled over 24 hours: 816 miles
Speed over 24 hours: 34 knots
Sail : 1 reef, solent
(c) Yann Riou Spindrift