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11/07 - 11h56

Weather from Friday

Ultimes getting into better Trade Winds, IMOCA and Multi 50s reaching under kites and Class 40s in clearer, brighter weather but the lack of nicely established trade winds are a headache for most of the fleet Weather Friday

The undulating cold front is moderately active and wide – from 45W to Cape St Vincent – moving slowly S and losing its intensity.

From Azores to Iberian peninsula, behind the front the disturbed NW'ly airflow gives way to a W;ly breeze as a new low approaches north of
the Azores.

For the Ultimes the trade winds are only moderate and unstable.

Stormy lows between the W Canaries and Morocco generate unstable trade
winds NW of the Azores

Active cold front between Azores and Cape Finisterre around 0600hrs TU
is moving towards Madeira and N Spain by 1200hrs TU then across
Canaries and C Spain by afternoon brings strong convection and gusts.

Friday 07:

Trade winds still light and unstable for Ultimes, averaging 15kts more variable in Ne.
Frequent gybes to retain wind pressure but trying to stay south, but not too far from direct route.
Less squally.

IMOCA and Multi 50
Are behind the active cold front now in low winds which turn NE. They need to optimise their gybes so as not to stray into the lighter airs.

Class 40 and Rhum leaders

Moderate NW'ly wind weaken to become more variable. Long swell. Lower boat speeds. Better in the east. New westerly brings in new low,
leadership changes expected.

Ultimes have better Trade Winds as they get west towards the West Indies. Best is to get south on a route which lessens need for gybes,
but some bigger gusts.

IMOCA and Multi50

Leaders are away from the influence of the front but quite uncomfortable for them in 15kts Trade Winds which vary in direction,
hard to see the best route

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