As the fleet minus Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Fatboy Slim are approaching the straights of Gibraltar, it looks like the Fat Face crew have the right idea, as the weather has turned viscous.
Storm force winds of 40 - 50 knots are battering the boats directly on the nose. As you can see from the chart above, the majority of the yachts are approaching Gibraltar along the coast of Spain, where there is some shelter.
It's not just the wind speeds, but the waves and battering these top of the line Open 60's will be taken as they bash to windward. I bet they wish they were in some solid steel like those Challenge Business 72 footers currently up for sale.
Our thoughts are with the two yachts that are heading with the bulldog spirit right into the heart of the wild weather. An update on how the boats have survived as we get it.