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Storm ahead

Escaping the high, the storm ahead. As expected, the weather systems in the North Atlantic are very volatile. The route to Newport therefore still has a few surprises for the crews in The Ocean Race and makes routing difficult. The GUYOT environnement - Team Europe with skipper Benjamin Dutreux is currently heading for an intense low-pressure area, which is definitely a cause for concern.

After days of high-speed sailing in the trade winds and then escaping the high pressure ridge, a new scenario is now unfolding for the crew of Dutreux, Robert Stanjek, Annie Lush, S├ębastien Simon and onboard reporter Gauthier Lebec. To avoid the risk of steering into the doldrums in pursuit of the fleet, GUYOT environnement - Team Europe has so far avoided a turn to the west, now lying furthest east in the field of four boats. A low-pressure area moving from Miami to the north-east could thus directly hit the team with its core.

A look at the weather forecast monitor shows an intense red and purple colouring - signs of a violent storm. Benjamin Dutreux casts a critical glance at the screen: "The Americans are very happy to see us. They welcome us with a big low pressure. Some forecasts predict 60 knots of wind. It is not a light one. Biotherm has already set a tack. I think they probably don't want to go into the storm." The French competitors are around 170 nautical miles south-west of GUYOT environnement - Team Europe, so they have other options for action.

Annie Lush, who has sailed around the world twice in The Ocean Race, shares her skipper's concern: "A North Atlantic hurricane. We're not happy. 60 knots is a lot," she explains. Meanwhile, there will hardly be any way around the storm. And behind it, things will get tricky again. Because a large area of high pressure is forecast for North America for the expected arrival in Newport.
Storm ahead
GUYOT environnement - Team Europe is currently heading for a storm. Photo: Gauthier Lebec / GUYOT environnement - Team Europe


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