Fleece & oilskin mandatory! Northerly route looking quickest

The latest weather routing from Adrena suggests the three trimarans could cross the North Atlantic is just 8 days and 8 hours, challenging the multihull race record set by Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) on board Géant in 2004, of 8 days, 8 hours, 29 minutes.

30.04.2016

Two days out from the start, plotting a northerly course could see the Ultimes finish in 8 days 8 hours

Giants of the sea, the Ultimes are the fastest of the four classes competing in The Transat bakerly. The latest weather routing from Adrena suggests the three trimarans could cross the North Atlantic is just 8 days and 8 hours, challenging the multihull race record set by Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) on board Géant in 2004, of 8 days, 8 hours, 29 minutes.

Two days out from the start, plotting a northerly course to try and avoid the pressure systems sweeping across the north Atlantic and the subsequent headwinds, currently looks like the quickest route. The teams could then sail on a reach, avoiding the upwind slog.

But, heading north is no mean feat. The skippers may have to contend with bits of ice drifting down from the Arctic and the freezing fog south of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, reducing visibility to less than a quarter of a mile at times.

Watch this space for more routing information for all four classes; Multi50, IMOCA 60, Class40 and the Ultimes as the race start draws closer.

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