+1Very ballsy indeed, but I don't see any Northerly coming, although this option was the one proposed by the routing softwares after the start it seems.
Caught a glimpse of Initiatives-Coeur's routings on a video they posted yesterday (screenshot attached) . Kind of hard to make out, but appears that more of the routings are favouring going west of the TSS. From the forecasts, there doesn't seem to be much difference in terms of wind or sea state between the two, and there will be a hell of a lot less traffic to worry about to the west.Apivia is going west of the TSS ? Considering they are first and quickest, I guess it is rather obvious on the routings, let's see if all the others do the same.
Armel didn't seem overly concerned in the video they posted either. And an AM post on Facebook shows her trucking along happily still.BP XI have hit something, not fully checked yet but could be no or minor damage :
In the Virtual Regatta version of this race, many competitors use this router....Merf Owen and Alex Mehran (GBR & USA) have taken a very courageous solo line out to the West in their Open 40 Polka Dot.
They're all alone, heading almost West, about 100 miles to seaward of the rest of them. Lying in 7th place right now, let's hope they get a nice stiff Northerly out of that system and are first into the new breeze. Fingers x-ed.
Gutsy call, as they'd say in Sydney.