The yacht trailing at the rear of the fleet in the race from South Africa to St Helena has actually sailed faster than the leaders, according to an update filed by JOHN LESLIE (6 December 2012).
He writes: There are now three yachts reporting less the 50 nautical miles (nm) to the finish line at 0900 CAT this morning.
First in should be the Norwegians on Maggie followed by either Patches (the St Helena Yacht Club entry) or Tico-Tico.
Ocean Cloud (92nm) should be at the island later tonight, with Silver Cloud (122nm) and Black Cat (148nm) probably crossing the finish line in the early hours of Monday morning.
What is really impressive is that Black Cat, which detoured to Luderitz, and only resumed racing on Sunday 30 December 2012, will have covered the 1,332 miles from Luderitz to St Helena in eight days, averaging a very respectable 167nm per day.
Banjo, the first to finish, averaged 166nm per day from Simon’s Town, and the Governor’s Cup winner, Reaction, managed an 24-hour average of 144nm for the race.
Perhaps the Crew from Black Cat will be the first entrant into the next Governor’s Cup, because I’m certain they, like Tinus Groenewald from Reaction, will have some “unfinished business” to avenge in 2014.
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