Why do large squalls arrive at night? >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

American Joe Harris and Roger Junet are taking part in the Globe40, a double-handed round-the-world race in several stages in Class40. The second leg began on July 17, taking the fleet of five boats along the 7,000 nautical mile course from the Cape Verde Islands to Mauritius. Here is his update from GryphonSolo2 on August 22, 2022:


Here in the Indian Ocean, it’s “game on”! Once we crossed the Agulhas current we were really in the Indian Ocean and turned NE towards our destination, Mauritius. The distance was around 2,000 miles but we now have less than 800 miles to go. The conditions were mainly downwind, which is always pleasant, but yesterday we were expecting a strong gale lasting around 20 hours and the forecast did not disappoint.

There is always an eerie feeling on board when a gale is approaching and I always look around the boat to make sure everything can withstand the barrage of wind and sea. In this case I opened the compartment the forward one which is behind a watertight bulkhead to make sure no water had entered. I also checked the aftmost compartment where the rudders, steering gear and autopilots are located. located. Fortunately, everything was dry and in good condition.

Roger and I went over the storm management game plan which was to reduce sail to three reefs in the mainsail and staysail (or J2 as the French call it) as the forecast called for higher steady winds at 30 knots and gusting to mid-40s with 25 feet following the sea.

We thoughtfully waited until Saturday (August 20) and then Saturday night it hit with squalls, heavy rain and lightning. We got away with it and the boat held up well until gusts of over 40 knots arrived. Luckily I was in the cockpit and was able to quickly loosen the sheets and turn the boat lower.

It lasted about 12 hours with Roger and I taking our usual 3 hour shifts. The howling wind and pouring rain soaked us to the skin, and as it was cold, a lot of Irish Coffee (Liquid Courage) had to be consumed! The weather finally calmed down on Sunday morning and the squalls cleared up and a clear, sunny and cool day dawned but the strong winds of over 20 knots remained all day.

Our remaining distance to Mauritius should take around four days if the SE wind does not become light and forward – fingers crossed. So we are on Day 36 of this epically long Leg 2 from Cape Verde to Mauritius and we have fully realized what a colossal undertaking this Globe40 RTW race really is.

We look forward to spending time with family and friends during the two-week stopover and fully exploring Mauritius while taking care of the long to-do list for the boat that inevitably emerges from a 40 day passage around Cape Town. of Good Hope. We are very ready for a “time out” but we will stay busy!

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First leg results:

The inaugural Globe40 is an eight-stage round-the-world race for Class40 double-handed teams. As all steps count towards the cumulative score, longer distances are weighted more heavily. The first stage, which lasted seven to eight days, had a coefficient 1 while the second stage is classified as a coefficient 3 stage. the starting line for stage 1 eliminated The Globe En Solidaire with Eric and Léo Grosclaude (FRA) while the Moroccan team of Simon and Omar Bensenddik on IBN BATTOUTA retired before the start of stage 2.

Begin:
Tangier, Morocco – June 26

Stopovers:
Departure of stage 2: Sao Vincente, Cape Verde Islands – July 17
Departure of stage 3: Port Louis, Mauritius
Departure of stage 4: Auckland, New Zealand
Departure of stage 5: Papeete, French Polynesia
Start of stage 6: Ushuaia, Argentina
Departure of stage 7: Recife, Brazil
Start of stage 8: St Georges, Grenada

Finish:
Lorient, France

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