Lat: 43 30.44′ S
Long: 164 41.70′ E
Inst Speed: 22.0
Wind Dir: 162
Wind Speed: 25.6
Distance last 24hr: 434.02
Distance to finish: 14107.16
Looking down below, with Loik at the chart table
Charging along
Loik always helmed in the ‘big’ conditions

Email from the boat to shore: 

From: OmanTri
To: update
Subject: Pushing Hard to stay ahead of light wind
Date: 01/02/2009 04:58:55

we have a competitor out here on our race course. A high pressure area of
light winds is moving in behind us from the west and catching us – we have
been pushing hard through the dark hours and since dawn to stay ahead of
this area. Pushing along at 24kts of boatspeed in quite a dramatic sea is
very hard work on the guys steering, and very wet for both him and his wing
man – riding the traveller – our method of taking the foot off the
accelorator. Once we moved off the Gennaker and Genoa the game was on.
Below decks things that were not stowed in their rough weather location were
relocated automatically. The bow throws off a wave that causes green water
across the emergency escape hatches, when this happens you know the fight is
on between the high pressure of the water and the seals around the hatches,
mostly the seals hold up well – but any small weakness results in a small
amount of water getting though before the wave reduces and the pressure is
let of. It obvious when this happens as in the front cabin next to the
generator the daylight changes to a green murk for a second or two as the
view changes from looking at the red and green logos on the bows of the
outer hulls to the green glow of the ocean. On deck that same wave carries
on upwards and gets diverted slightly by the hull chines ( like a small step
in the hull) before continuing upwards and curling round the deck and heads
aft to land on either the helmsman in his seat or the guy stood next to the
traveller winch. Usually by this time both of them are bent double taking
the wave to the back of the head and their back rather than from the front
where inevitablly water will find it’s way down the front of the wet
weather gear. After the wave has given the guys a good talking to it
continues down to clatter onto the cockpit floor where it sweeps clean all
evidence of living before returning from where it came – out through the
cockpit drains and back into the ocean. It a process that repeats itself
over and over again.

Back to our competitor we are fighinging to keep to the E of this area of
light winds that is travelling at around 25ks ( like us) and although we
have a head start it’s relentless, we can check who’s winning and who’s
loosing by looking at the regular satellite picture that we recieve onboard,
and also by looking at the barometer – if the barometeer raises – the High
Pressue wins – if it is flat we are holding it off! It’s a very motivating
measure. Also motivating is knowing that we can perhaps reach the cook
strait before it’s effects are fully felt – normally we should see
lightening winds tomorrow but we hope this mad dash till postpone their
arrival to coinside with our arrival at Cape Farewell now 525nm to our NE

I was filming some of the waves this morning, and have so far been quite
diappointed with the look of them through the lens – they seem so much
smaller – so next time you see some footage of big waves – remember that
they were totally enormous, as the only way to get a shot of a big wave
seems to be to film a gigantic one that you’d rather not be fillming at

Weather Router’s advice: 

From: Commanders’ Weather
To: , Musandam
Subject: weather Sun 2-1
Date: 01/02/2009 13:33:24

To: Charles Darbyshire and the crew of

From: Commanders Weather Corp

Event: sail around the world

Last Position: 43 40s/164 12e at 1215utc Sun, Feb 1

Prepared: 1330utc Sun, Feb 1, 2009

SummaryÖWeather pattern looks similar to yesterday’s discussion.

1) High pressure to your W centered near 46s/158e will move to
41s/165-166e by 12 utc Mon.

2) Your nice SSW sailing breeze will be diminishing gradually next 24 hours.

a) Speeds by 12 utc Mon may be down to 5 kts.

3) This will make for slow progress up the west side of South Island Monday

a) Best breeze will be near the beaches Tues pm with some
thermal help

turning winds onshore NW.

4) Once around Cape Farwell look for freshening NW wind as you head into the
Cook Straits

a) Be careful of wind holes ESE of Cape Farwell

b) A wide turn there may keep you in the best wind.

5) Could see breeze freshen to 15-25 kts thru the Straits then will diminish
on the other side as you get

further E.

6) New high pressure will move to S tip of South Island by 12 utc Wed and
then to near 43s/Dateline

by 12 utc Thu.

7) You will be well ahead of this high which should bring freshening
southerly winds midweek as you

get E of New Zealand.

8) Late in the week will be watching first frontal system approaching from
the W.

RoutingÖ Heading toward NW portion of South Island. Will want to be close
to shore by Tue

To take advantage of thermal influence near the beaches.

Take a wide turn near Cape Farwell to avoid possible wind
shadow ESE of there.

Then heading E once thru the Cook Straits.

Estimated positions below.

Wind directions are TRUE, wind speed in kts, and time is UTC

Sun, Feb 1

18: 170-190/15-20

WeatherÖCloudy to partly cloudy

Seas 6-9 ft SW swell

Mon, Feb 2

00: 180-200/ 15-20
06: 190-210/ 15-10 ñ winds diminish

12: 200-220 10-5 nr 42s/170e

18: 270-300/ 4-8

WeatherÖPartly cloudy to fair

Diminishing SW swell

Tues, Feb 3

00: 290-310/ 5-10 ñ strongest near shore

06: 300-320/10-15

12: 310-330/15-25, Cook Straits

18: 290-270/ 20-12

WeatherÖ.Fair to partly cloudy

Seas 3-5 ft

Wed, Feb 4

00: 250-270/ 12-17

06: 180-220/ 10-15

12: 150-170/ 15-20 nr 42s/ 178w

18: 170-190/ 15-20

WeatherÖFair to partly cloudy

Seas 3-6 ft

Thu, Feb 5

00: 250-270/ 12-17

06: 180-220/ 10-15

12: 150-170/ 15-20 nr 42 30s/ 170w

18: 170-190/ 12-17

WeatherÖVariable cloudiness

Seas SW swell increase to 8-12ft

Fri, Feb 6

00: 190-210/ 10-15

12: 250-270/ 15-20 nr 44s/163w

WeatherÖVariable cloudiness

SW swell 8-12 ft

Best regards, Tom Mattus

Commanders Weather Corp.
Tel: 603-882-6789

A selection of pictures from today: