Sir Robin Knox-Johnston closes gap on Jean-Paul Froc
08 November 2014
Clipper Race chairman and founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has entered the Trades and is beating on day 6 of the Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe race. He has closed the gap on sixth-placed Jean-Paul Froc on Groupe Berto overnight, and extended his lead over eighth-placed Ari Huusela on Neste Oil.
Clipper Race meteorologist and Sir Robin's router Simon Rowell said: "The wind should continue to improve today with the breeze filling in to the high teens, hopefully just over 20 knots, from the North/North East or North East. This should persist as he goes through the Madeira-Azores line."
Here is Sir Robin's update from on board Grey Power on Saturday morning:
A long night spent huddled in the cockpit adjusting the course as the wind was light and variable.Wisps of Cirrus cloud, in a north/south line, showed clearly in the moonlight and are an indication of what to expect shortly. The sooner the better I am sure everyone close to my position would say as the wind is currently from the North-West and we are bashing again.
.We are close hauled and those conditions do not suit my boat.The boat is fine but needs a wind veer to get back to overtaking those in front. Probably got four hours sleep last night because I was up most of it because the wind was fickle, which means constant adjustments, and without the wind instrument I have to do it.
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