Pip Has now converged closer to the bunch of the fleet tracking in 9th position in the Série Classe and continues to star as the ‘Leg 2 Leading Lady’. The Italian Suzanne Beyer follows close behind in 11th place ahead of the next lady, Christa ten Brinke from the Netherlands, in 27th place.
Lady of the Night
The conditions were tough In the vicinity of the Canaries. The wind strengthened from the north/northeast to 20 knots with sudden gusts of 30 knots or more in some areas coupled with a very choppy sea-state. This put extra strain on the boats which are still in ‘heavy mode’ comparatively weighed down with the majority of their food and drinking water consumables still intact.
Pip and two others were commended in the official race reporting for their skill in taking a course through the Canary Island Group which involved night sailing in difficult conditions. Pip identified in her blog that she thought gains could be made overnight as many of the opposition tend to have a night sailing regime which is less attentive than during daylight hours. This approach certainly paid off and Pip jumped over 10 places during this phase of the race.
More Fleet Damage
During the difficult Canaries phase of Leg 2 there was yet more serious damage reported.
Andrea Caracci (ITA 757 – Speedy Maltese) and Tiziano Rossetti (ITA 542 – Una vela per Emergency) both dismasted but safe ashore in Palma. Sergio Frattaruolo (ITA 769 – Bologna in Oceano) put into Candelaria and Giacomo Sabbatini (ITA 554 – Scusami Spall) into Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
Guo Chuan (487 – Vasa) the Chinese entry is safely ashore at La Gomera after breaking a rudder. Renaud Chavarria (FRA 596 – Béziers Méditerranée) is dismasted and sailing under jury rig south west of the island of Hierro (Canary Islands).