2013 Melbourne to Launceston Yacht Race Update - Saturday morning 28/12/13 update
The Launceston fleet had good breeze at the start and were making reasonable speeds ranging between 5-9 knots. Lighter breeze yesterday afternoon and overnight had boats speeds down below 5 knots so progress was a little slow overnight.
With stronger North Easterlies now, boat speeds are back up and range from to 7 to 12 knots. As the breeze is aft of abeam, the fleet is enjoying very pleasant conditions and able to point directly at the finish line.
Jeremy Walton onbaord STREETCAR advised that they had South Easterlies around 10 to 12 knots for most of the night. The breeze did drop to 5 knots for around 20 minutes last night. They are currently scooting along at 8 knots of boat speed.
The battle for Line Honours is well and truly on between SIMPLY FUN, SHAMROCK and GUSTO, with ADVENTURE SAFETY JEM snapping at their heels.
In the middle of the field, another battle is developing between BANDIT and JAKE, with HUSH and STREETCAR chasing closely behind them. ARIAL II is bringing up the rear and now making good speed with a respectable 7 knots at the moment.
The forecast for later this evening is for winds to swing around to the South West and build. Race Management and all yachts will be continuing to monitor weather forecasts closely. If we're lucky most of the fleet will be in before the change.
Current estimated finish time for the leaders is around 1430 this afternoon, but it is very early days and a lot can happen in the next 80+ nautical miles to go.
Checkout the new Leaderboard link for more details including current Line Honours, AMS and IRC Division placing calculations.
SIMPLY FUN leaving Port Phillip Bay yesterday afternoon.
ORCV Race Management - Launceston