Cold ahead! Jules Verne Trophy

The sailing conditions have become tougher over the past few hours as a low catches up with Groupama 3. Indeed the current aim for the giant trimaran is to try to stay at the front of this system until it rounds Cape Horn... To pull this off she will have to maintain a high speed to benefit from what is expected to be a NW'ly breeze as far as the Falkland Islands.
Aboard Groupama 3 2010/02/25 - © Team Groupama Stève Ravussin at the helm of Groupama3
Still faster than Orange 2, the giant trimaran is having to cover more ground to reach Cape Horn and hence her lead continues to yo-yo today... When Groupama 3 switches onto a NE'ly course, she distances herself from the direct route, and when she gybes, as she did on Sunday evening, she makes gains. The upshot of this is that her lead over the reference time changes according to the manoeuvres, with dramatic fluctuations from one hour to the next. Ultimately though, Franck Cammas and his men still have a lead of nearly a day over Bruno Peyron and his crew...
Aboard Groupama 3 2010/02/25 - © Team Groupama "We passed within three miles of Auckland Island, which is the first land we've seen since setting out from Ushant..."
"Right now we're pretty much on a SE'ly course, but we're going to gybe again at lunchtime tomorrow, and then again to get onto a direct course towards the Horn... We've had some choppy seas over the past few hours, but they're gradually becoming more regular now" explained Loïc Le Mignon at the 1130 UTC radio link-up with Groupama's Race HQ in Paris.
Groupama 3's log (departure on 31st January at 13h 55' 53'' UTC)
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Day 20 (20th February 1400 UTC): 672 miles (deficit = 211 miles)
Day 21 (21th February 1400 UTC): 584 miles (deficit = 124 miles)
Day 22 (22nd February 1400 UTC): 607 miles (deficit = 137 miles)
Day 23 (23rd February 1400 UTC): 702 miles (lead = 60 miles)
Day 24 (24th February 1400 UTC): 638 miles (lead = 208 miles)
Day 25 (25th February 1400 UTC): 712 miles (lead = 371 miles)
Day 26 (26th February 1400 UTC): 687 miles (lead = 430 miles)
Day 27 (27th February 1400 UTC): 797 miles (lead = 560 miles)
Cold ahead! Jules Verne Trophy Cold ahead! Jules Verne Trophy Reviewed by Panos Douros on Sunday, February 28, 2010 Rating: 5

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