• Biting And Clawing Towards The Finish




    The all-consuming battle between Love Water and Maserati looks set to deliver its grand finale in the next 24 hours. It’s not over yet… and there are likely to be a few twists and turns yet, with notorious wind holes and tides on the final approach to Rio.

    It’s hard to pick a line honours winner, and it’s going to be a real scrap to the end, with neither boat giving a inch in their unwavering efforts to claim the race line honours record, which is looking to get about 2 days leaner!


    At 16 UTC, #LoveWater is still in the lead, 326 miles away from the finish line, but #MaseratiMulti70 is gaining ground and the distance from our competitor is decreasing, going down to 30 miles.
    We sailed 527 miles DMG in the last 24 hours, we set route to North-North-West shortly after 12 UTC and, at 16 UTC, we're sailing at 23.5 knots, while our opponent is going at 21.4 knots.
    The finish line is getting closer for us, 354 miles away from Rio de Janeiro: the tracking estimates our arrival for tomorrow morning (UTC).
    Everyone aboard #MaseratiMulti70 is fighting to overtake our rival, to conquer the victory in elapsed time, other than the one in corrected time: at the moment the tracking shows #MaseratiMulti70 at the top of the multihull leaderboard in corrected time, with 6 hours of advantage over #LoveWater.
    Forgive us for drawing so much focus to this duel, but to be fair, they will only be in the race for about a third of the time of the rest of the fleet, so there is plenty of time to enjoy all the stories in this incredible fleet.

    News from across the fleet has been of sublime sailing conditions, big mileage, personal best speeds, and careful management of boat, crew and systems.

    Ocean sailing takes a lot of careful preparation, ongoing preventative and corrective maintenance, plenty of forward planning of scenarios, and continuous troubleshooting. With the light winds earlier in the race, boats were communicating the need to start enforcing stricter rationing of provisions as a longer passage became likely. Management of fresh potable water is also a key priority, with JM Busha and Ronin reporting key water maker servicing and repairs. Mojie are experimenting with power management and power priorities, in response to their increased awareness of the isolation and independence of ocean sailing.

    Zulugirl have an issue with power regeneration with apparent engine alternator failure, but they do have solar panels aboard and Saravah reported communications with them when they crossed tracks. It’s important to know that the excellent YB tracker system runs independently from the boats’ power systems and has its own built in alert system. Also, all boats in the fleet are provided with a full fleet position report, which serves many purposes, but not least a solid basis for first responders should the need arise.

    Signing off for today, the #Sail4Good commitment of this fleet is so overwhelmingly positive, and I hope you are following and supporting these campaigns.

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    TRACKER


    Mojie:
    Lighter winds (10 knots) as we approach the high pressure system, and apart from further spinnaker repairs (all successful) and a misbehaving halyard, we are enjoying our sauna below deck. All ice supplies now depleted.

    Mussulo 40 – Team Angolan Cables:
    Everything Ok!
    regards
    Jose

    Myrtle of Bonnievale:
    We did too little miles last night. Rain for 3 hours, wind strengthened and we hoisted jib and spinnaker down. This morning confused sea with waves from 2 directions. At the moment the sea state has improved and flying spinnaker again in 22 knots of wind and sailing at 10 to 14 knots down waves.

    It is now also exactly 2 weeks ago when we set sail from Table bay. We are happy with our progress. Inge just got a splash of water when she tanned on the fore deck.

    Everyone is happy.

    Love to all.

    Pierre Albertyn

    Almagores II:
    January, 16th
    A day of passion,,, late in the afternoon the wind begsn to blow stronger and stronger and the sea to increase; at first we decide to drop off the gennaker, after a while we took the first reef at the main, a second reef a few later and, before midnight we drop off all the mainsail, gusts reach 45 knots,we sail only with the heavy jib.
    This morning the wind is still strong, but steady on 30 knots and with the 3 reefs at the main and the heavy jib, we can sail on big waves, higher than 5 meters.

    Even if the storm makes the boat roll, our young Nicole is able to cook for all the crew a fabulous PASTA AL PESTO!!!!

    Anjo:
    Team Anjo retires second main to pasture after storming winds during the night. One crew on light duties due to brushing and strained limbs after a gruelling hour up the mast in force 8/9 = all good manamana. Thoughts to the Viking hope he is recovering

    Indulgence:
    All well on Indulgence, celebrating Marcels bday today!! Coincidentally his birthday falls on South Atlantic’s National Biltong and Droëwors Day. Spirit still strong as usual and we having a ball 🙂 Good times and we do not want to wish the next two weeks past….…..and if you wondering why our coarse fluctuates between north and south, half the crew steers for the Caribbeann and the other half for Rio…

    Love Water:
    QUICK UPDATE:
    905 NM FROM RIO, SMOKING ALONG; 40NM AHEAD OF MAZ AND HOLDING OUR GROUND; THIS SHOULD BE THEIR CONDITIONS BUT WE ARE DRIVING THE BOAT HARD TRIMMING CONSTANTLY. THE MOTION THE LAST 48 HRS HAS BEEN A COMBINATION OF ROLLER COASTER, WASHING MACHINE WITH A BIT OF SHAKEN NOT STIRRED THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE. GOOD PILATES WORKOUT; WE ARE CURRENTLY TIGHT REACHING AT ABOUT 25KTS IN A LUMPY SEA STATE.

    AT SOME POINT TONIGHT WE CROSS A FRONTAL SYSTEM – THINK WIND CHANGES IN SPEED AND DIRECTION, SEA STATE CHANGES AND ALL THE ASSOCIATED TRIM AND SAIL CHANGES WE NEED TO DO TO KEEP THIS LOVEWATER BEAST AT FULL PACE; AS IS ALWAYS THE CASE IT HAPPENS IN THE PITCH DARK WITH NO MOON. WE HOPE TO WORK OUR MAGIC THRU THE FRONT BEFORE THE MAZ TEAM. AFTER THE FRONT IS A BREEZY 24-36HRS DOWNWIND FLAT OUT SPEED SESSION TO RIO

    AT MOMENT WE HOPE TO ARRIVE SUNDAY MORNING. ALL GOOD ONBOARD AND THE TEAM IS LOOKING SURPRISINGLY STRONG FOR THE 6 DAYS OF HARD RACING ALREADY DONE.

    LOOKING FORWARD TO RIO AND TO GETTING DRY AGAIN.
    BEST TO ALL
    KEN

    14h15:
    400NM TO GO. BS 28-34 KTS AND NICE BREEZE.
    HARD MATCH RACE WITH MAZ WITH NO EASE UP IN EITHER TEAMS ENERGY.
    WE HAD A GOOD TRANSITION INTO THE NEW SYSTEM AT MIDNIGHT SAT MORNING WITH NO MOON OR STARS AND POURING RAIN. USED ALL OUR SAIL INVENTORY FOR THE TRANSITION EXCEPT THE STORM JIB. BOW TEAM WERE WARRIORS. NOW GYBING DOWNWIND TO RIO MATCH RACING THE MAZ TEAM.

    ETA EARLY SUN MORNING ALL THINGS GOING WELL.

    KEN

    Ronin:
    I think we are just following this big red bag. Seems to know the way.

    Saravah:

    Washing machine mode was on for more than 30 hours, as we encountered 4-5 m waves and strong winds, and had to take care of our equipment to avoid breakages. Last night the wind finally subsided and this morning we restarted to press the pedal to the metal with our spinnaker up.

    By 1am we crossed Zulu Girl just a few meters away, after almost 7 days sailing neck and neck! Amazing to have such tight competition! The position report from the other boats is the most awaited time of the day!

    Now we expect to keep sailing dead downwind for the next few days.

    Saravah!








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