Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Club Med ETA may be Sunday, maybe not

by Mer & Media on 1 Mar 2001
The last miles of the non-stop round the world course are proving to be amongst the most frustrating for Club Med, whose current lead of second placed Innovation Explorer was still more than 1017 miles at noon today. With just over 1456 miles to sail to the finish, the leader of The Race has been forced to sail more than 80 degrees from the desired course to keep in the wind and position itself for the best passage to the Straits of Gibraltar and the City of Marseilles.

A depression that has been luring the international crew further and further to the West to stay in better breezes is at the root of the frustration. Its passage across the Atlantic has been slowed to a crawl and until it moves East again the leader of The Race will not be able to make real distance towards the finish. Joined by satellite telephone this morning skipper Grant Dalton had this to say:

'It has been a really slow night. We are basically dealing with the remnants of a ridge of high pressure. Our ‘favourite’ depression has been slowed down on its route East. So to stay going fast we have had to go and hunt the wind down. We are sailing in Southerly winds and the shift to the South West with pressure just hasn’t come through for us yet. For quite a time last night we had to sail with almost no gain in distance towards the line just to keep repositioning ourselves for what we think will happen later. The forecast weather charts for the North Atlantic are now beginning to look more like what is really happening and because we are so reliant on these we have lost a bit of time.'

And on the approach to Europe caught in the middle of a winter storm: 'It was much colder on board last night, we are chewing up the latitude and so I suppose we have moved into another climate zone today. We have heard that there is a lot of snow in Marseilles, I really hope the weather will have cleared up by the time we get there.'

On the subject of Club Med’s arrival in Marseilles skipper Grant Dalton is still adamant about making predictions: 'This last weather problem has set us back about 12 hours so far and I could never rule out not seeing the same thing happening again. That is exactly why I hate playing the ETA game, you can look really stupid really quickly making estimates, and because these boats can go so fast it is rather easy to get time predictions badly wrong.'

Ranking on 28 Feb 2001 at 11:00:00 GMT

1.Club Med / dtf 1456.4 miles
2.Innovation Explorer / dtl 1017.6 miles
3.Team Adventure / dtl 5817.7 miles
4.Warta Polpharma / dtl 6327.7 miles
5.Team Legato / dtl 8558.9 miles

Retired - Playstation on January 14, 2001

Related Articles

Brazil wins gold in 49erFX Women
Germany silver, Netherlands bronze at Tokyo 2020 Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) have won gold in the 49erFX Women with Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke (GER) taking silver and Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED) bronze.
Posted today at 4:51 am
Cowes Week 2021 Day 3
A change in the weather brings new boats to the fore A change in the weather, with shifty east and south-easterly breezes replacing the westerlies of the first two days, saw new boats coming to the fore in many fleets today.
Posted on 2 Aug
Six ‘Ocean Fifty' yachts start the Final Rush
A stunning start in Toulon harbour on Monday The six Ocean Fifty yachts had a stunning start this Monday, at half past ten in the morning and in perfect weather conditions for the 1600-mile offshore race to Toulon.
Posted on 2 Aug
Rolex Fastnet Race: MOCRA class preview
The ultimate racer cruisers racing in considerably more comfort The Ultimes may be the pace-setters in next month's Rolex Fastnet Race with the potential to get around even the new elongated course in less than a day - but not far behind them will be the MOCRA class, mostly racing in considerably more comfort.
Posted on 2 Aug
Stoneways Marine YJA Awards nominations open
Nominate your YJA Yachtsman of the Year and Young Sailor of the Year 2021 Nominations open today (Monday 2nd August) for the Stoneways Marine YJA Yachtsman of the Year and the Young Sailor of the Year 2021. These awards are, without doubt, the most prestigious in UK yachting.
Posted on 2 Aug
Noble Marine UK Musto Skiff Nationals overall
Pascoe takes the 2021 title at Sunderland After three days of intense racing, the Musto Skiff class rigged up and got ready to launch for the final day of the 2021 Noble Marine UK Musto Skiff National Championships at Sunderland Yacht Club.
Posted on 2 Aug
Henri-Lloyd #BLUEAUGUST
Let's Turn the Tide on Ocean Plastics Together 10% to the Ocean. More than 8 million tons of plastic bottles are dumped into our ocean every year and it's estimated by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.
Posted on 2 Aug
Sir Chay Blyth 50th anniversary celebrations
A parade of sail will take place up the Hamble River Sir Chay Blyth returns to the Hamble to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his pioneering solo non-stop west-about circumnavigation back in 1971 aboard the 59ft ketch British Steel.
Posted on 2 Aug
Bembridge SC Keelboat Racing - final week of July
A full schedule ahead of Cowes Week A full week for the Bembridge Redwings and Bembridge One Designs ahead of racing at Cowes Week.
Posted on 2 Aug
Zhik's continued support of youth sailing
With International 29er Class Sponsorship extended for a 6th consecutive year Zhik have confirmed their sponsorship of the International 29er Class, together with title sponsorship of the Zhik 29er Worlds and Zhik 29er European Championship, for the sixth year in a row.
Posted on 2 Aug