Fedor entered the Race Track
01 of February at
According to Antarctica Cup web site: http://www.antarcticacup.com/
“The 360-degree Racetrack features gale force winds, high seas, fog, snow, icebergs, islands, extreme cold, the Antarctic circumpolar current, sailing above and below the southern Polar Convergence. The Racetrack outer and inner boundaries are located on latitude 45 S and latitude 60 S making the Racetrack 900 nautical miles wide. The wide Racetrack allows competitors to take advantage of favourable weather systems rotating around
The currents of the Southern Ocean circulate west to east, unimpeded by land. This is the only place on the planet where the oceans can circulate around the globe, uninterrupted by any continental landmass. These currents loosely follow a route tracing deeper waters, and allow water transfer between oceans.
Fedor must stay within Race Track during his circumnavigation around
One interesting part is the route across the
Forecast from Lee Bruce:
“Need to squeeze every mile to try to escape the edge of light air with the high. Assuming SE to SSE heading at 5kt through 02/12Z, Fedor will be in the SW quadrant of the high, with building NNW breeze. In NNW wind, suggest heading near 115T, to try to stay in that wind field as long as possible, but also to get enough south to tap into a west wind band later.
02/06Z: SW 5-10kt, but decreasing
02/09: W 5 kt
02/12: NW 5, but increasing
02/18: NNW 15 kt
03/00-04/00: NNW 13-18kt”