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Mar
2015

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Another 24 hours heading North before indicating right

After 24 rough hours braving constantly changing weather conditions, during which many changes of tack were required and the skippers had to pay careful attention to the boat's settings, Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam - the Barcelona World Race leaders - headed into more stable winds blowing in their direction last night.


After 24 rough hours braving constantly changing weather conditions, during which many changes of tack were required and the skippers had to pay careful attention to the boat's settings, Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam - the Barcelona World Race leaders - headed into more stable winds blowing in their direction last night. But for the time being, the Cheminées Poujoulat co-skippers are heading North, towards the centre of the anticyclone posted right above the Azores islands, before taking a sharp left towards the Gulf of Cadiz sometime tomorrow. 

"Between Sunday night and yesterday afternoon, we sailed through a few very rough hours as the wind was constantly changing, both in strength and direction. We regularly experienced 60° shifts and the wind would increase from 10 to 22 knots in a split second. It wasn't easy, but Jean and I tried to sail through as best as we could. Our route must have looked terrible to those tracking us as it was absolute mayhem out there, but in the end we didn't do too badly once we started really getting into it, hauling and slackening the sails then ensuring constant tacking by shifting weights. Simply put, it was quite a workout! ", commented Bernard Stamm this morning by phone, adding that the wind had stabilised in one direction but was still quite variable in terms of strength - easily ranging from 8 to 28 knots.

Patience is a virtue

"It's a little strange. Sometimes, we have 8-knot winds with staysail, but as soon as we unfurl the sails, the wind picks up again and we have to bring them back down. We have to be out on deck at all times and pay carefully attention to the settings. But all in all, we're making good headway even though the forecasts haven't been accurate for a while now. They always think we have more favourable flows than we actually do", detailed the Swiss skipper, now only 560 nautical miles from the island of La Palma, located to the north-west of the Canary Islands. "We're a little too far away to see the people on the beach, but we don't have a choice. For now, we'll keep heading North for another day. As we get closer to the centre of the anticyclone, the wind will gradually die down and we will be able to turn and head East with winds getting steadily stronger. Our sailing scope will be more open as we will be close-hauled, or even close reach. But that will only be in three days' time", highlighted the skipper. All they need to do now is be patient before reaching the gateway to the Mediterranean.

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