A massive Iceberg is blocking the way for Fedor.
Antarctica Cup Management are being provided iceberg tracking services by Canadian company C-CORE in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA). Satellite images provided on 5th March have located a massive iceberg around 70 nautical miles to the east of
A53a is the most northern of around 50 massive icebergs (minimum size of 10 nautical miles long) that are located around
Antarctica Cup Ocean Race management team will meet on 6th March and examine the iceberg data provided and will discuss @@apos@@closing@@apos@@ some Sectors of Lanes of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack in the vicinity of South Georgia Island as well as issuing Fedor, his shore team, and weather router with instructions to exercise utmost care whilst Fedor traverses this hitherto never raced across zone of the South Atlantic Ocean. The following image of A53a is provided courtesy of C-CORE and ESA:
NOTICE TO COMPETITOR.
06 March 08. Notice of Part Closure of Sectors of the
Due to extreme iceberg presence the following area of the Antarctica Cup Racetrack is CLOSED until further notice: The section of the
A ‘YELLOW FLAG ALERT’ is placed over the
Quote from weather router Lee Bruce:
“That sounds reasonable to me, except that I am concerned about too narrow of a passageway coming north past
I had assumed that Fedor would be best off near the outer lane for that stretch, but the coordinates you suggest create a narrow channel for Fedor to sail through to get to that lane. We can try our very best to honor that limitation (it makes sense for Fedor@@apos@@s safety).
The same can be said for trying to stay in the outer lane once Fedor reaches it. Five degrees is a narrow corridor, given the changeable weather in that part of the world. But Fedor has maintained nearly that spread since crossing the dateline, so it isn@@apos@@t impossible. We can try our best, but a small incursion south of 50S could be forced upon us.