As of the 1540 UTC update (October 30), ADOR (leading) and…

As of the 1540 UTC update (October 30), ADOR (leading) and Brunel are staying close enough to wave hello, while Vestas has moved out 17 miles to the west. There’s a weather system moving toward them that might let Vestas catch the stronger winds first; it will be interesting to see if that pays off.

The fleet will probably sail south as far as the exclusion zone to get into as much wind as they can. At the moment that looks like low 20s, maybe, but it could conceivably build and get them into the upper 20s, or even the low 30s. And there will certainly be waves.

So there should be some exciting surfing coming up, even if it doesn’t reach the edge-of-control conditions of a Southern Ocean storm. Which, you know what? Is fine with me. I’m happy that the less-experienced crews get some practice, and the whole fleet gets a better sense of how the new boats are holding together, before they go into full-on washing-machine mode.

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