At 02:00 GMT on Monday, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough scorched through the Global Ocean Race (GOR) Leg 5 bluQube Scoring Gate 420 miles south of Newfoundland netting maximum points for their Akilaria RC2 Class40, Cessna Citation.
As the GOR fleet leaders picked up the strong northerly breeze, speeds built with Colman and Cavanough polling averages of over 13 knots on Sunday night and hitting the scoring gate at over 16-knot averages as Cessna Citation found her stride, sustaining the high speed and pulling away from the fleet building a 233-mile lead over Financial Crisis as the Kiwi-Australian duo piled eastwards.
In second place on the Italian-Slovak Class40, Financial Crisis, Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo climbed north before the wind went NNE, forcing them the south-east and they failed to find that extra gear until mid-morning on Monday, picking up speed averages of over ten knots, but had to watch Cessna Citation add a massive 138 miles to their lead over 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Phillippa Hutton-Squire and Nick Leggatt in third with Phesheya-Racing were pushing average speeds over 12 knots before the South African duo lost a second spinnaker and the Dutch team of Nico and Frans Budel made averages of over 11 knots with Sec. Hayai until losing the best wind on Monday.
“Outside has been reminiscent of the Southern Ocean today,” reported Nick Leggatt from Phesheya-Racing on Monday morning and the grey, bleak surroundings matched his mood as an infected cut on his elbow and a destroyed spinnaker soured the atmosphere on the South African Class40.
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