26 January 2011

Veritas XCVI

Today's Truth: 
The Race Directors have made modifications to the Barcelona World Race course due to the proliferation of icebergs and floating ice in the Indian Ocean. This safety measure replaces the former gate at Kerguelen (48º20S) with two new waypoints: Crozet and Amsterdam. Both are positioned at 42ºS, which means to say 380 miles further North of the previous gate.
The great number of icebergs and floating ice that have shown up on satellite imaging from the Indian Ocean have forced the Barcelona World Race Directors to bump up security measures for the regatta. In an official notice this morning, the skippers were informed that the former safety gate at Kerguelen at 48º20 S between 40º 30 E and 50º 30 E is no longer valid.