11th Hour Racing skipper Charlie Enright and his crew of Simon Fisher, Jack Bouttell, Justine Mettraux and Amory Ross, are currently in second place behind leader, Biotherm, as Leg 2 of the …
Trade winds are the strong and reliable east to west breezes that prevail north and south of the equator which are generated by the constant cycle of warm moist air that rises over the equator and cooler air closer to the earth’s two polar regions that sink. The spin of weather systems, anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere, mean that trade winds north of the equator blow predominantly from the northeast, while south of the equator they come from the southeast.
The short stopover in Cabo Verde meant that there could be no amendments or improvements to the boat, and any necessary repairs must be conducted by the sailing crew during the five-day stopover.
“It has been a pretty hectic stopover from the moment we got here,” said Enright of the stopover in Mindelo. “In fact, it’s been full-on since we left Alicante on January 15th. Whether it was the 40 knots that we faced right from the off in the Mediterranean or the day spent gluing the J3 sail back together here in Cabo Verde, the first ten days of this race have thrown a lot at us."
"Luckily for us, we were able to put the tools down yesterday at midday and have 24 hours of rest and decompression. Switching off before we go racing again is always important, and now we are focused on what lies ahead," Enright said.