In the Henri Lloyd Hobart to Whitsundays Race, the past twenty-four hours have seen the fleet getting a bit of a clobbering from a springing up low with unstable and unpredictable terms. LMAX Exchange has dislodged after harnessing Scoring Gate and is among the front-runners that have enrolled the Ocean Sprint some 850nM from the Airlie Beach. In the process, But Da Nang – Viet Nam has lost the top spot.
Skipper Wendy Tuck stated that they have not tacked since Derwent River. She is sure that one leg is getting longer than the other. They are now more like a dog chasing its tail.
Compared to that, Peter Thornton, the Great Britain Skipper, told that they have been trucking up the coast. This has really been wet sailing so far with a good amount of spray across the decks at maximum angle. Together with gale force rain squalls, he believes that the next twenty-four hours would be interesting on the Race Viewer.
Simon Rowell, the Clipper Race Meteorologist, stated that the weather charts are really having difficulty keeping up with the rapidly altering nature of the developing low. In his newest report to captains, he told that there are various wind ways across the relatively little region of the fleet.
Race Director Justin Taylor stated that the western boats that are closest to the coast seem to be converging near Port Macquarie. The East Australian Current forecast shows it quite strong at this point. He expected those boats to suffer a bit. The offshore boats might just get a nice advantage.