Thursday, 12 November 2009
HUGO BOSS charges along. Image copyright OnEdition.
by Yvan Joucla, Technical Director of 1876
Before the start we spoke about the option of going in nearer to the low pressure system, to get the windshift earlier. It also means suffering the tough conditions for less time than if they were to go through the middle and would not suffer a significant loss in speed either.
The group in the centre is assuming the greatest risk for their boats, which is what those in the south want to avoid.
BT is currently the boat that has the best control of the fleet if they manage to get through the low pressure well, because both the northern and the southern groups are going to have to tack at some stage.
The situation is quite complex and it might be another 24 hours before we have a better idea to which option has been the most favourable.
Transat Jacques Vabre