Lupa of London lucky to spot two whales: © NOAA Photo Library - anim1057. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Day 7: Saturday 6 December 2014
In the battle for Line Honours and the IMA Trophy, Russian Southern Wind 94, Windfall skippered by Fabrizio Oddone has opened up a 25 mile lead on Jeremy Pilkington's RP78, Lupa of London. Yesterday morning, Windfall was the most northerly yacht but in a game of cat and mouse, Lupa of London gybed north of their rivals. Windfall responded with a covering gybe but is now the more southerly of the two yachts. Both yachts covered about 250 miles in the last 24 hours and more wind is expected to arrive today.
Derek Hatfield's Canadian Volvo 60, Spirit of Adventure, continues to impress and should be approaching the halfway mark over the weekend. A trashed computer in the feisty weather at the start has prevented the team from blogging, but no doubt the colourful Canadian team will have a 'halfway party' planned, hopefully they can find a solution to their social communication problem.
Meanwhile, Lupa of London sent in this blog, giving a taste of life on board: "Day 5 and we were glad to see sunrise. The smell of bacon sandwiches perked up our spirits as it was a tough night with light moist squalls. but the flip side was the first shower of the trip for some of us. Pressing on with 4-on-4 off watches. All eight of us have helmed. Vivacious spirits are felt by all despite having had to make several running repairs to the A4 and to nurse the wounded cruising main. The crew have done a great job in keeping Lupa rumbling along, although Windfall has slipped by in the night. Caribbean weather is slowly creeping upon us and all-round tans are growing stronger by the day. Earlier today keen-eyed cheffy spotted two whales. By the height and volume of blowhole spray it was guessed to be Pilot whales. Alas they were someway from the boat and headed in the opposite direction, so a positive species confirmation was not possible."
Yacana, Swan 68 continue on a southerly route © Puerto Calero/James Mitchell
The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), started on Sunday 30th December 1000 UTC from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands bound for Grenada, West Indies, 2,995 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.