Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fast and Furious - Krys Ocean Race Update

With all five of the MOD70’s now having lead the fleet during the early stages of the KRYS OCEAN RACE since starting from New York Saturday morning 1100hrs local time (1500hrs UTC), Stève Ravussin and the crew of Race for Water took up the baton during the small hours of the first night at sea to lead overall on the 0400hrs UTC report.
Photo: © Mark Lloyd / MOD S.A.
With the lead swapping on successive position reports since the start, the pace built to an electrifying level. The escape from the clutches of Manhattan’s Hudson River proved slow at first and the initial three hours of the race were relatively moderate but as the SW’ly winds steadied as the MOD70’s reached open water and the wind peaked at 20kts, the fleet leaders were regularly averaging speeds in the high 20’s, and for one consistent 30 minute period set an average of more than 30kts.

On their early morning radio call, Race for Water’s François Morvan reported they were racing under gennaker and full mainsail, that they have had good winds since the start but the breeze had started to drop.

“The conditions are good, 13 knots of wind and not too much sea. Race for Water is making 17-18 knots, it has been pretty cool so far, reaching up to 30kts at times. The wind is a bit lighter than forecast but it will come back again after sunrise. Everything has been pretty fast since New York. And downwind is much better than upwind.”

Krys Ocean Race Media

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