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Cape Horn About To Get Extra Gnarly


  • Cape Horn About To Get Extra Gnarly

    Ronnie Simpson won't celebrate Horn quite yet!

    And here is the traditional photo of the Cape Horn rounding. It's certainly more of traditional long salty beard look the one chosen by our Ronnie Simpson on Shipyard Brewing compared to the fresh smile by Cole Brauer a few days back (-; Ronnie's is celebrating with his perfect whiteboard shot but has confided he'll leave proper celebrations for later, as very strong northerly winds are forecast by the Falklands in 3 days.

    Sailing in a storm downwind is a totally different matter to getting smacked on the face. Last night Ronnie rounded in rough conditions with winds gusting close to 60 knots, but overall all was well he reported no damage or issues. 60 knots on the nose, however, is something that any sailor would say pass to. Unsurprisingly Ronnie is studying the weather charts and looking for the best option to avoid the worst of this further blow.

    One option may be to sail through the strait of Le Maire, between la Tierra del Fuego and la Isla de Los Estados and then hug closely the coast towards the Beagle Channel, this would allow Ronnie to pass west of the worst winds and in an area where the sea state should not be as rough as the winds will have little fetch to stir up a mess. We'll follow closely. Well done again Ronnie!

    Storm in Cabo de Hornos for the Arkea Ultim, OGR and GSC ships

    A huge low-pressure system is underway near Cabo de Hornos, which will hit Chile in less than 48 hours. The forecast indicates winds between 50 and 70 knots and very dangerous sea. The forecast has not gone unnoticed and given that, right now, there are 3 back-to-world events underway, the news is reaching all media outlets.

    The gravity of the forecast is such that Charles Caudrelier, the patron saint of the giant trimaran of the Gypsy team participating in the Arkea Ultimate, has had to pause his approach to Cape Hornes declaring that it is the first time this has happened in his entire career. In the Ocean Globe Race, the forward ships PenDuick VI and Translated9, which crossed paths with Andrea Mura in Vento di Sardegna yesterday, are the two ships that can get closer to the strong winds that will pass through the Chilean coast, causing very harsh conditions.

    At the moment, it doesn't appear that the ships in the Ocean Globe Race have been issued a storm warning, but I could be wrong. In the Global Solo Challenge, where patrons have access to meteorological information via satellite connection, we have three skippers who are directly interested in this meteorological development, Andrea Mura in Vento di Sardegna, Francois Gouin in Kawan3 Unicancer and Riccardo Tosetto in Obportus. Based on the current forecast, it looks like Andrea Mura could opt to slow down and stay out of the worst of the winds and waves heading southeast.

    Francois Gouin, who goes further behind, may not actually need to slow down to approach the same position. Riccardo Tosetto will have to negotiate the north winds and decide how much of this storm he wants to experience. We will follow closely as this situation develops. Stay connected.

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