Day 3 Sevenstar Round Britain And Ireland Race
Published: Thursday, 14 August 2014
At 1230 BST, Musandam – Oman Sail was 520 miles from the finish of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. To set a new outright World Record, the MOD 70 needs to cross the Royal Yacht Squadron Line by 12:59:14 August 14.
Musandam – Oman Sail has been on the charge all morning and last night averaging over 25 knots, hitting a top speed of 35 knots. At that pace the World Record would be broken by over 3 hours.
During the third night of the race, a northwesterly breeze of about 19 knots is expected in the Celtic Sea, which should be enough to keep Musandam – Oman Sail on for the record and make landfall at The Lizard around midnight. The wind is expected to become lighter and back to the west, which could make for a dramatic last few hours as Musandam – Oman Sail round the Isle of Wight, before crossing the finish line from the east.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's Volvo Ocean 65, Azzam, continues to lead the charge and has extended its lead on Team Campos, skippered by Iker Martinez, to over 30 miles.
Brian Thompson, skipper of the IMOCA 60 Artemis-Team Endeavour, contacted the RORC Media Team as it rounded Out Stack. At its current projected finish time, Artemis-Team Endeavour will break the IMOCA 60 record, set in 2010, by over 24 hours.
Jens Kellinghusen's German Ker 51 Varuna, racing in IRC Zero, is the new overall leader for the 20 strong IRC fleet. Varuna is estimated to have an eight-hour advantage over Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn's Volvo 70, Monster Project.
However at 0700 BST, Varuna was still 70 miles from Out Stack with a complex weather scenario in front of it while Monster Project rounded Out Stack at about 0500 into the fresh northerly breeze and will almost certainly gain many miles on Varuna over the next several hours.
Burkhard Keese's Stella Nova has retired with boat damage and it is making its way to Den Helder in Holland. This leaves Roderick Knowles' Swish as the only Class40 still racing. The British Class40 is expected to round Out Stack in the early evening.
(photos courtesy of Rick Tomlinson / RORC)