The ARC: Too close to call – just 3 nautical miles between the lead boats

Bagheera and Big One neck and neck as they close on the finish line

Having played ‘tag’ all the way across the Atlantic, the ‘big three’ boats leading the pack to St.Lucia are now on their final run home. They won’t set a new course record this year, so now it is a fight for line honours as first yacht to arrive in ARC 2009.

With just 3 nautical miles separating Wally 80 Bagheera from Volvo 60 Big One, it is almost too close to call. The line honours could be decided by which crew makes the slickest gybes and can save a few precious minutes. Unfortunately for previous leader Swan 70 Stay Calm, they found a patch of light winds yesterday and have slipped behind their rivals by six hours.

Predicted arrivals show both Bagheera and Big One finishing at around 05:00 UTC tomorrow morning (Friday 04 December) some 11 hours behind the existing course record, and potentially within 30 minutes of each other after over 2,700nm of ocean sailing.

In St.Lucia, the finish line has been laid, the rum punch put on ice and the welcome prepared.  Now it is a case of waiting to see which boat makes it home first.

Follow the action online
News from the fleet can be found on the official ARC website where daily yacht position reports are displayed and visitors can view individual route maps for each yacht. Crews are also contributing daily logs and images direct to the site. www.worldcruising.com/arc

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